9 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:
“Strike the 1doorposts, that the thresholds may shake,
And abreak them on the heads of them all.
I will slay the last of them with the sword.
bHe who flees from them shall not get away,
And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.
From there My hand shall take them;
dThough they climb up to heaven,
From there I will bring them down;
3 And though they ehide themselves on top of Carmel,
From there I will search and take them;
Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea,
From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them;
From there fI will command the sword,
And it shall slay them.
gI will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good.”
He who touches the earth and it hmelts,
iAnd all who dwell there mourn;
All of it shall swell like 3the River,
And subside like the River of Egypt.
And has founded His strata in the earth;
Who kcalls for the waters of the sea,
And pours them out on the face of the earth—
lThe Lord is His name.
7 “Are you not like the 5people of Ethiopia to Me,
O children of Israel?” says the Lord.
“Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt,
And the Syrians from oKir?
8 “Behold, pthe eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,
And I qwill destroy it from the face of the earth;
Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,”
Says the Lord.
And will 7sift the house of Israel among all nations,
As grain is sifted in a sieve;
sWho say, ‘The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.’
11 “On tthat day I will raise up
The 9tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,
And 1repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,”
Says the Lord who does this thing.
13 “Behold, wthe days are coming,” says the Lord,
“When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
xThe mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.
14 yI will bring back the captives of My people Israel;
zThey shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
aAnd no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,”
Says the Lord your God.
Capitals of the pillars
Lit. sons of the Ethiopians
Lit. booth; a figure of a deposed dynasty
Lit. wall up its breaches