Third Cycle of Discipline
Violence and breakdown of law and order; cities broken up
Fourth Cycle of Discipline
Military conquest and/or foreign occupation; scarcity
of food (reduced to one-tenth of the normal supply);
the breaking up of families
Fifth Cycle of Discipline
destruction of a nation due to maximum rejection of Biblical
See also Deuteronomy 28:15-48 for the five cycles, where their
listing is not progressive, but is specified as part of the same
curse. Verse 49 begins the description of the fifth cycle.
God will never forget the needy; the HOPE
of the afflicted will never perish.