Punishment for Wickedness Foretold1 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod to the land of Israel, ‘An b end! The end is coming on the four corners of the land. 3 ‘Now the end is upon you, and I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways and bring all your abominations upon you. 4 ‘For My eye will have no pity on you, nor will I spare you, but I will c bring your ways upon you, and your abominations will be among you; then you will d know that I am the Lord!’ 5 “Thus says the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod, ‘A f disaster, unique disaster, behold it is coming! 6 ‘An end is coming; the end has come! It has g awakened against you; behold, it has come! 7 ‘Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The h time has come, the i day is near— tumult rather than joyful shouting on the mountains. 8 ‘Now I will shortly j pour out My wrath on you and spend My anger against you; k judge you according to your ways and bring on you all your abominations. 9 ‘My eye will show no pity nor will I spare. I will ▼
▼ Lit giverepay you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst; then you will know that I, the Lord, do the smiting. 10 ‘Behold, the day! Behold, it is coming! Your doom has gone forth; the m rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed. 11 ‘Violence ▼
▼ Lit has risenhas grown into a rod of o wickedness. None of them shall remain, none of their people, none of their p wealth, nor anything eminent among them. 12 ‘The q time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the r buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn; for s wrath is against all their multitude. 13 ‘Indeed, the seller will not ▼
▼ Lit return to, u regain ▼
▼ Lit thing sold, i.e. his inherited landwhat he sold as long as ▼
▼ Lit their life among the living onesthey both live; for the vision regarding all their multitude will not ▼
▼ Lit returnbe averted, nor will any of them maintain his life by his iniquity. 14 ‘They have y blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but no one is going to the battle, for My wrath is against all ▼
▼ Lit hertheir multitude. 15 ‘The aa sword is outside and the plague and the famine are within. He who is in the field will die by the sword; famine and the plague will also consume those in the city. 16 ‘Even when their survivors ab escape, they will be on the mountains like ac doves of the valleys, all of them ▼
▼ Lit moaning, ae mourning, each over his own iniquity. 17 ‘All af hands will hang limp and all knees will ▼
▼ Lit run with waterbecome like water. 18 ‘They will ah gird themselves with sackcloth and ai shuddering will overwhelm them; and shame will be on all faces and aj baldness on all their heads. 19 ‘They will ak fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their al silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their ▼
▼ Lit soulappetite nor can they fill their stomachs, for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling.
The Temple Profaned20 ‘They transformed the beauty of His ornaments into pride, and an they made the images of their abominations and their detestable things with it; therefore I will make it an abhorrent thing to them. 21 ‘I will give it into the hands of the ao foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil, and they will profane it. 22 ‘I will also turn My ap face from them, and they will profane My secret place; then robbers will enter and profane it. 23 ‘ aq Make the chain, for the land is full of ▼
▼ Lit judgment of blood, as bloody crimes and the city is at full of violence. 24 ‘Therefore, I will bring the worst of the au nations, and they will possess their houses. I will also make the av pride of the strong ones cease, and their aw holy places will be profaned. 25 ‘When anguish comes, they will seek ax peace, but there will be none. 26 ‘ ay Disaster will come upon disaster and az rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a ba vision from a prophet, but the bb law will be lost from the priest and bc counsel from the elders. 27 ‘The king will mourn, the prince will be bd clothed with horror, and the hands of the people of the land will ▼
▼ Lit be terrifiedtremble. According to their conduct I will deal with them, and by their judgments I will judge them. And they will know that I am the Lord.’”
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