xto me you should return.
yand do not waver,
2 zand if you swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’
then anations shall bless themselves in him,
band in him shall they glory.”
c“Break up your fallow ground,
and dsow not among thorns.
4 eCircumcise yourselves to the Lord;
flest my wrath go forth like fire,
gbecause of the evil of your deeds.”
h“Blow the trumpet through the land;
i‘Assemble, and let us go
6 jRaise a standard toward Zion,
for I bring disaster from kthe north,
land great destruction.
7 mA lion has gone up from his thicket,
8 For this oput on sackcloth,
for pthe fierce anger of the Lord
9 “In that day, declares the Lord, qcourage shall fail both king and officials. The priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded.” 10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, rsurely you have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ whereas the sword has reached their very life.”
11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from sthe bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse, 12 a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who tspeak in judgment upon them.”
uhis chariots like the whirlwind;
his horses are vswifter than eagles—
woe to us, wfor we are ruined!
14 O Jerusalem, xwash your heart from evil,
15 For a voice ydeclares from Dan
and proclaims trouble from zMount Ephraim.
“Besiegers come afrom a distant land;
17 Like keepers of a field bare they against her all around,
This is your doom, and cit is bitter;
19 dMy anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!
20 eCrash follows hard on crash;
fSuddenly my tents are laid waste,
22 “For gmy people are foolish;
hThey are ‘wise’—in doing evil!
23 I looked on the earth, and behold, it was iwithout form and void;
jand to the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I looked on kthe mountains, and behold, they were quaking,
25 lI looked, and behold, there was no man,
26 I looked, and behold, the mfruitful land was a desert,
before the Lord, before nhis fierce anger.
27 For thus says the Lord, “The whole land shall be a desolation; oyet I will not make a full end.
28 p“For this the earth shall mourn,
qand the heavens above be dark;
rI have not relented, nor will I turn back.”
and sno man dwells in them.
tthat you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
uthat you enlarge your eyes with paint?
vYour lovers despise you;
31 For I heard wa cry as of a woman in labor,
xstretching out her hands,
5 yRun to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
zif you can find a man,
athat I may pardon her.
2 bThough they say, “As the Lord lives,”
cyet they swear falsely.
dYou have struck them down,
eThey have made their faces harder than rock;
ffor they do not know the way of the Lord,
gBut they all alike had broken the yoke;
6 Therefore ha lion from the forest shall strike them down;
a iwolf from the desert shall devastate them.
jA leopard is watching their cities;
their kapostasies are great.
7 l“How can I pardon you?
mand have sworn by those who are no gods.
nWhen I fed them to the full,
othey committed adultery
pand trooped to the houses of whores.
9 sShall I not punish them for these things?
10 t“Go up through her vine rows and destroy,
ubut make not a full end;
11 vFor the house of Israel and the house of Judah
wno disaster will come upon us,
xnor shall we see sword or famine.
15 aBehold, I am bringing against you
bnor can you understand what they say.
17 eThey shall eat up your harvest and your food;
your ffortified cities in which you trust
18 “But even in those days, declares the Lord, uI will not make a full end of you. 19 And when your people say, g‘Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us?’ you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, hso you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours.’”
21 “Hear this, iO foolish and senseless people,
jwho have eyes, but see not,
22 kDo you not fear me? declares the Lord.
I placed the sand las the boundary for the sea,
though mthey roar, they cannot pass over it.
23 nBut this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart;
owho gives the rain in its season,
pthe weeks appointed for the harvest.’
25 qYour iniquities have turned these away,
sThey set a trap;
28 tthey have grown fat and sleek.
uthey judge not with justice
29 vShall I not punish them for these things?
30 An appalling and whorrible thing
31 xthe prophets prophesy falsely,
ymy people love to have it so,
6 Flee for safety, zO people of Benjamin,
Blow the trumpet in aTekoa,
and raise a signal on bBeth-haccherem,
for disaster looms cout of the north,
3 eShepherds with their flocks shall come against her;
fthey shall pitch their tents around her;
4 g“Prepare war against her;
arise, and let us attack hat noon!
i“Cut down her trees;
jcast up a siege mound against Jerusalem.
This is the city that must be kpunished;
7 lAs a well keeps its water fresh,
mviolence and destruction are heard within her;
nlest I turn from you in disgust,
lest I make you oa desolation,
p“They shall glean thoroughly as a vine
10 qTo whom shall I speak and give warning,
rBehold, their ears are uncircumcised,
sthey cannot listen;
behold, tthe word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn;
uI am weary of holding it in.
v“Pour it out upon the children in the street,
12 yTheir houses shall be turned over to others,
13 z“For from the least to the greatest of them,
everyone ais greedy for unjust gain;
and from bprophet to priest,
saying, c‘Peace, peace,’
dwhen there is no peace.
15 eWere they ashamed when they committed abomination?
fat the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,”
and ask for gthe ancient paths,
hand find rest for your souls.
17 iI set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Pay attention to jthe sound of the trumpet!’
But they said, k‘We will not pay attention.’
lthe fruit of their devices,
pYour burnt offerings are not acceptable,
q‘Behold, I will lay before this people
a great nation is stirring from tthe farthest parts of the earth.
they are ucruel and have no mercy;
vthe sound of them is like the roaring sea;
wour hands fall helpless;
xpain as of a woman in labor.
yterror is on every side.
26 O daughter of my people, zput on sackcloth,
and aroll in ashes;
bmake mourning as for an only son,
27 “I have made you ca tester of metals among my people,
that you may know and dtest their ways.
28 eThey are all stubbornly rebellious,
fgoing about with slanders;
they are gbronze and iron;
29 The gbellows blow fiercely;
hin vain the refining goes on,
30 iRejected silver they are called,