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1. What weather forecast fits your disposition? Morning fog? Sunny day? Overcast? Scattered showers? Hot and humid?
2. Where would you find Elam today? Who was their biblical patriarch (see Genesis 10:22)?
3. What was Elam’s claim to fame? Their fate (also Jeremiah 9:16)? Who is to blame (see Ezekiel 32:24, 25)?
4. Why do you think God promises to restore them, but not the people of Edom, Damascus, Kedar and Hazor? Is restoration only for those nations specified (see Jeremiah 46:26; 48:47; 49:6), or is it implied for the others as well (see Isaiah 11:11, 12)?
5. What is your “claim to fame”? How would life look if God took that away from you?
6. Did these nations ever hear Jeremiah’s prophecies? For whose benefit were they intended?
7. Do you learn from the hardships of others? What lesson did you pick up recently?
Elam was a province in the south of modern Iran, on the eastern edge of Babylonia. Although Elam and Babylonia have been bitter enemies over the centuries, it is probable that Elam is at this time a part of Nebuchadnezzar’s empire and an ally against Judah.