The prophet, speaking for God, condemns the failure of previous Jewish leaders to protect their people from outside forces, while also offering a promise to reconcile those exiled together, once again.
A song of the power of God to preserve the City of David (Zion), and also to end all war and conflict for all times, in every corner of the earth. It is a call to hope and faith even when present circumstances are dire and seem to offer no positive future.
Paul is praying on behalf of the church in Colossus for endurance for them. He reminds them also that their God has already delivered them from darkness before, which suggests they are in the midst of dark tomes now.
A song of praise offered by Zechariah, husband to Elizabeth, both of whom are very old and unable to bear children. However God has provided them with a son, whose name would be John. He will become known in adulthood as John the Baptist.
WTF? (Breaking down scripture in plain language)
Psalm – a psalm is really just a song, generally given up to God as a musical gift offering. Although the majority of psalms are collected in the book of the Bible of the same name, there are psalms throughout the Bible, such as this one sung by Zechariah in thanks and praise to God for him and Elizabeth being given a son. Sometimes, Paul’s letters read as poetically as psalms as well, though they were not specifically written as such.
Shepherd – This is a phrase used in many contexts in scripture. In this case, in Jeremiah, it’s referring to the kings of Israel and Judah. But of course, Jesus also is referred to as the Shepherd, connoting that he is re-establishing the order of leadership among God’s people.
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