2 c“I will utterly sweep away everything
3 “I will sweep away dman and beast;
and dthe fish of the sea,
I will fcut off mankind
gand I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal
5 hthose who bow down on the roofs
ithose who bow down and swear to the Lord
and yet swear by jMilcom,
6 kthose who have turned back from following the Lord,
lwho do not seek the Lord or inquire of him.”
7 mBe silent before the Lord God!
For nthe day of the Lord is near;
othe Lord has prepared a sacrifice
and pconsecrated his guests.
q“I will punish the officials and the king's sons
and rall who array themselves in foreign attire.
everyone swho leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master's2 house
“a cry will be heard from tthe Fish Gate,
11 wWail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
For all the traders3 are no more;
12 At that time xI will search Jerusalem with lamps,
zthose who say in their hearts,
13 Their goods shall be aplundered,
bThough they build houses,
cthough they plant vineyards,
14 dThe great day of the Lord is near,
ethe mighty man cries aloud there.
15 fA day of wrath is that day,
a day of gruin and devastation,
ha day of darkness and gloom,
ha day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 ia day of trumpet blast and battle cry
jagainst the fortified cities
17 kI will bring distress on mankind,
so that they shall walk llike the blind,
mtheir blood shall be poured out like dust,
and their flesh nlike dung.
18 oNeither their silver nor their gold
pIn the fire of his jealousy,
qall the earth shall be consumed;
rfor a full and sudden end