The Day of the Wrath of the Lord1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “And you a O son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: b An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. ▼
▼ Or earth3 Now d the end is upon you, and e I will send my anger upon you; f I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. 4 g And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but h I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. i Then you will know that I am the Lord. 5 “Thus says the Lord God: Disaster j after disaster! ▼
▼ Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Syriac, Targum); most Hebrew manuscripts Disaster! A unique disaster!Behold, it comes. 6 l An end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes. 7 m Your doom ▼
▼ The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; also verse 10has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. o The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not p of joyful shouting on the mountains. 8 Now I will soon q pour out my wrath upon you, and r spend my anger against you, s and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. 9 t And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. u Then you will know that I am the Lord, who strikes. 10 v “Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! w Your doom has come; x the rod has blossomed; pride has budded. 11 y Violence has grown up into z a rod of wickedness. aa None of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them. ▼
▼ The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain12 ac The time has come; the day has arrived. Let not ad the buyer rejoice, nor ae the seller mourn af for wrath is upon all their multitude. ▼
▼ Or abundance; also verses 13, 1413 For ah the seller shall not return to what he has sold, while they live. ai For the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not turn back; and because of his iniquity, none can maintain his life. ▼
▼ The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain14 “They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but none goes to battle ak for my wrath is upon all their multitude. 15 al The sword is without; pestilence and famine are within. am He who is in the field dies by the sword an and him who is in the city famine and pestilence devour. 16 ao And if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains, like ap doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, each one over his iniquity. 17 aq All hands are feeble, and all knees turn to water. 18 ar They put on sackcloth, and as horror covers them. Shame is on all faces, and at baldness on all their heads. 19 They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. au Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. av For it was aw the stumbling block of their iniquity. 20 ax His beautiful ornament they used for pride, and ay they made their abominable images and their detestable things of it. Therefore az I make it an unclean thing to them. 21 And I will give it into the hands of ba foreigners for prey, bb and to the wicked of the earth for spoil, and bc they shall profane it. 22 I will turn my face from them, and bd they shall profane my treasured ▼
▼ Or secretplace. Robbers shall enter bf and profane it. 23 bg “Forge a chain! ▼
▼ Probably refers to an instrument of captivitybi For the land is full of bloody crimes bj and the city is full of violence. 24 I will bring bk the worst of the nations to take possession of their houses. bl I will put an end to the pride of the strong, bm and their holy places ▼
▼ By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew and those who sanctify themshall be profaned. 25 bo When anguish comes bp they will seek peace, but there shall be none. 26 bq Disaster comes upon disaster; br rumor follows rumor. bs They seek a vision from the prophet, while bt the law ▼
▼ Or instructionperishes from the priest and bv counsel from the elders. 27 The king mourns, the prince is wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land are paralyzed by terror. According to their way bw I will do to them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, bx and they shall know that I am the Lord.”
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