Impending Disaster for Jerusalem1 Flee for safety, a O people of Benjamin,
from the midst of Jerusalem!
Blow the trumpet in b Tekoa,
and raise a signal on c Beth-haccherem,
for disaster looms d out of the north,
and great destruction.
2The lovely and delicately bred I will destroy,
e the daughter of Zion. ▼
▼Or I have likened the daughter of Zion to the loveliest pasture
3 g Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her;
h they shall pitch their tents around her;
they shall pasture, each in his place.
4 i “Prepare war against her;
arise, and let us attack j at noon!
Woe to us, for the day declines,
for the shadows of evening lengthen!
5Arise, and let us attack by night
and destroy her palaces!”
6 For thus says the Lord of hosts:
k “Cut down her trees;
l cast up a siege mound against Jerusalem.
This is the city that must be m punished;
there is nothing but oppression within her.
7 n As a well keeps its water fresh,
so she keeps fresh her evil;
o violence and destruction are heard within her;
sickness and wounds are ever before me.
8Be warned, O Jerusalem,
p lest I turn from you in disgust,
lest I make you q a desolation,
an uninhabited land.”
9 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
r “They shall glean thoroughly as a vine
the remnant of Israel;
like a grape gatherer pass your hand again
over its branches.”
10 s To whom shall I speak and give warning,
that they may hear?
t Behold, their ears are uncircumcised,
u they cannot listen;
behold v the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn;
they take no pleasure in it.
11Therefore I am full of the wrath of the Lord;
w I am weary of holding it in.
x “Pour it out upon the children in the street,
and upon the gatherings of young men, also;
y both husband and wife z shall be taken,
the elderly and the very aged.
12 aa Their houses shall be turned over to others,
their fields and wives together,
for I will stretch out my hand
against the inhabitants of the land,”
declares the Lord.
13 ab “For from the least to the greatest of them,
everyone ac is greedy for unjust gain;
and from ad prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
14They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying ae ‘Peace, peace,’
af when there is no peace.
15 ag Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No, they were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
ah at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,”
says the Lord.
16 Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for ai the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
aj and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 ak I set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Pay attention to al the sound of the trumpet!’
But they said am ‘We will not pay attention.’
18Therefore hear, O nations,
and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.
19Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people,
an the fruit of their devices,
because they have not paid attention to my words;
and as for my law, they have rejected it.
20 ao What use to me is ap frankincense that comes from aq Sheba,
or sweet cane from a distant land?
ar Your burnt offerings are not acceptable,
nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.
21Therefore thus says the Lord:
as ‘Behold, I will lay before this people
stumbling blocks against which they shall stumble;
fathers and sons together,
neighbor and friend shall perish.’”
22 Thus says the Lord:
at “Behold, a people is coming au from the north country,
a great nation is stirring from av the farthest parts of the earth.
23They lay hold on bow and javelin;
they are aw cruel and have no mercy;
ax the sound of them is like the roaring sea;
they ride on horses,
set in array as a man for battle,
against you, O daughter of Zion!”
24We have heard the report of it;
ay our hands fall helpless;
anguish has taken hold of us,
az pain as of a woman in labor.
25Go not out into the field,
nor walk on the road,
for the enemy has a sword;
ba terror is on every side.
26O daughter of my people bb put on sackcloth,
and bc roll in ashes;
bd make mourning as for an only son,
most bitter lamentation,
for suddenly the destroyer
will come upon us.
27 “I have made you be a tester of metals among my people,
that you may know and bf test their ways.
28 bg They are all stubbornly rebellious,
bh going about with slanders;
they are bi bronze and iron;
all of them act corruptly.
29The bj bellows blow fiercely;
the lead is consumed by the fire;
bk in vain the refining goes on,
for the wicked are not removed.
30 bl Rejected silver they are called,
for the Lord has rejected them.”
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