The Hour of Doom1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “O son of man, this is what the Lord GOD says to the land of Israel: ‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. 3 The end is now upon you, and I will unleash My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways and repay you for all your abominations. 4 I will not look on you with pity, nor will I spare you, but I will punish you for your ways and for the abominations among you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ 5 This is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Disaster! An unprecedented disaster— ▼
▼ Or A unique disaster, as in most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac Disaster after disasterbehold, it is coming! 6 The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. Behold, it has come! 7 Doom has come to you, O inhabitants of the land. The time has come; the day is near; there is panic on the mountains instead of shouts of joy. 8 Very soon I will pour out My wrath upon you and vent My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways and punish you for all your abominations. 9 I will not look on you with pity, nor will I spare you, but I will punish you for your ways and for the abominations among you. Then you will know that it is I, the LORD, who strikes the blow. 10 Behold, the day is here! It has come! Doom has gone out, the rod has budded, arrogance has bloomed. 11 Their violence ▼
▼ Or The violent onehas grown into a rod [to punish their] wickedness. None of them [will remain] : none of their multitude, none of their wealth, and nothing of value. 12 The time has come; the day has arrived. Let the buyer not rejoice and the seller not mourn, for wrath is upon all their multitudes. 13 The seller will surely not recover what he sold as long as both remain alive. For the vision concerning the whole multitude will not be revoked, and because of their iniquity, not one will preserve his life.
The Desolation of Israel14 They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but no one goes to war, for My wrath is upon the whole multitude. 15 The sword is outside; plague and famine are within. Those in the country will die by the sword, and those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague. 16 The survivors will escape and live in the mountains, all moaning like doves of the valley, each for his own iniquity. 17 Every hand will go limp, and every knee will turn to water. 18 They will put on sackcloth, and terror will overwhelm them. Shame will cover all their faces, and all their heads will be shaved. 19 They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will seem unclean. Their silver and gold cannot save them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They cannot satisfy their appetites or fill their stomachs with [wealth] , for it became the stumbling block that brought their iniquity. 20 His beautiful ornaments they transformed into pride and used them to fashion their vile images and detestable idols. Therefore I will make these into something unclean for them. 21 And I will hand these things over as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, who will defile them. 22 I will turn My face away from them, as they defile My treasured place. Violent men will enter it and they will defile it. 23 Forge the chain, for the land is full of crimes of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence. 24 So I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. I will end the pride of the mighty, and their holy places will be profaned. 25 Anguish is coming! They will seek peace, but find none. 26 Disaster upon disaster will come, and rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction from the priests and counsel from the ancients will perish. 27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and I will judge them by their own standards. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’”
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