if you will return to me
and if you will put away your abominations
out of my sight,
then you will not be removed,
in truth, in justice and in righteousness.
The nations will bless themselves in him,
and in him will they glory.”
“Break up your fallow ground,
and do not sow among thorns.
and take away the foreskins of your heart,
you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
lest my wrath come out like fire
and burn so that none can quench it
because of the evil of your doings.”
Flee for safety! Do not wait,
for I will bring evil from the north,
and a great destruction.
and a destroyer of nations;
he is on his way, he is gone forth from his place
to make your land desolate,
that your cities be laid waste without inhabitant.
lament and wail,
for the fierce anger of Yahweh
hasn’t turned back from us.”
11At that time will it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from the bare heights in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow nor to cleanse;
12a full wind from these will come for me. Now I will also utter judgments against them.”
and his chariots will be as the whirlwind;
his horses are swifter than eagles.
Woe to us! For we are ruined.
that you may be saved.
How long will your evil thoughts
lodge inside you?
and proclaims evil from the hills of Ephraim.
proclaim against Jerusalem,
‘Watchers come from a far country
and raise their voice
against the cities of Judah.
they are against her all around,
because she has been rebellious against me,’”
have brought these things to you.
This is your wickedness; for it is bitter,
for it reaches to your heart.”
for the whole land is laid waste;
suddenly are my tents destroyed,
and my curtains in a moment.
they do not know me.
They are senseless children,
and they have no understanding.
They are skillful in doing evil,
but they do not know how to do good.”
it was waste and void,
and the heavens,
and they had no light.
and all the hills moved back and forth.
the fruitful field was a wilderness,
and all its cities were broken down
at the presence of Yahweh,
before his fierce anger.
“The whole land will be a desolation;
yet will I not make a full end.
and the heavens above be black;
because I have spoken it, I have purposed it,
and I have not repented,
neither will I turn back from it.”
for the noise of the horsemen and archers;
they go into the thickets
and climb up on the rocks;
every city is forsaken,
and not a man dwells in them.
what will you do?
Though you clothe yourself with scarlet,
though you deck you with ornaments of gold,
though you enlarge your eyes with paint,
in vain do you make yourself beautiful;
your lovers despise you,
they seek your life.
the anguish as of her who brings forth her first child,
the voice of the daughter of Zion who gasps for breath,
who spreads her hands, saying,
“Woe is me now! For my soul faints
before the murderers.”