the daughter of Zion, will I cut off.
they will pitch their tents against her all around;
they will feed everyone in his place.”
arise, and let us go up at noon.
Woe to us! For the day declines,
for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.
and let us destroy her palaces.”
“Cut down trees
and cast up a mound against Jerusalem;
this is the city to be visited;
she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.
so she casts forth her wickedness;
violence and destruction is heard in her;
before me continually is sickness and wounds.
lest my soul be alienated from you,
lest I make you a desolation,
a land not inhabited.”
“They will thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel
like a vine.
Turn again your hand as a grape gatherer
into the baskets.”
that they may hear?
Behold, their ear is uncircumcised
and they cannot listen.
Behold, the word of Yahweh has become a reproach to them.
They have no delight in it.
I am weary with holding in.
“Pour it out on the children in the street
and on the assembly of young men together;
for even the husband with the wife will be taken,
the aged with him who is full of days.
their fields and their wives together,
for I will stretch out my hand
on the inhabitants of the land,”
everyone is given to covetousness;
and from the prophet even to the priest,
everyone deals falsely.
saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
when there is no peace.
No, they were not at all ashamed,
neither could they blush.
Therefore they will fall among those who fall;
at the time that I visit them,
they will be cast down,” says Yahweh.
“Stand in the ways and see,
and ask for the old paths,
‘Where is the good way?’
and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
and know, congregation,
what is among them.
Behold, I will bring evil on this people,
even the fruit of their thoughts,
because they have not listened to my words;
and as for my law, they have rejected it.
Behold, I will lay stumbling blocks before this people.
The fathers and the sons together will stumble against them.
The neighbor and his friend will perish.”
“Behold, a people comes from the north country.
A great nation will be stirred up
from the uttermost parts of the earth.
They are cruel and have no mercy.
Their voice roars like the sea,
and they ride on horses,
each one set in formation like a man for battle against you, daughter of Zion.”
our hands become feeble.
Anguish has taken hold of us,
and pains as of a woman in labor.
nor walk by the way,
for the sword of the enemy
and terror are on every side.
and wallow in ashes!
Mourn, as for an only son,
most bitter lamentation;
for the destroyer will suddenly come on us.
and a fortress among my people,
that you may know and test their way.
going about with slanders;
they are bronze and iron,
they all of them deal corruptly.
the lead is consumed of the fire:
in vain do they go on refining,
for the wicked are not plucked away.
because Yahweh has rejected them.”