sing to her, “A pleasant vineyard!
I will water it every moment.
Lest anyone damage it,
I will keep it night and day.
but if I should find briers and thorns,
I would do battle! I would march on them
and I would burn them together.
that he may make peace with me.
Let him make peace with me.”
Israel will blossom and bud.
They will fill the surface of the world with fruit.
as he struck those who struck them?
Or are they killed like those who killed them were killed?
you contend with them.
He has removed them with his rough blast
in the day of the east wind.
and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
that he makes all the stones of the altar as chalk stones
that are beaten in pieces,
so that the Asherah poles and the incense altars will rise no more.
a habitation deserted and forsaken like the wilderness.
The calf will feed there,
and there he will lie down and consume its branches.
The women will come and set them on fire,
for they are a people of no understanding.
Therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them,
and he who formed them will show them no favor.
that Yahweh will thresh from the flowing stream of the Euphrates
to the Brook of Egypt,
and you will be gathered one by one,
children of Israel.