Then I saw a vision of the Lord standing beside the altar. He said,
“Strike the tops of the Temple columns,
so that the foundation will shake.
Bring down the roof
on the heads of the people below.
I will kill with the sword those who survive.
No one will escape!
2 “Even if they dig down to the place of the dead,*
I will reach down and pull them up.
Even if they climb up into the heavens,
I will bring them down.
I will search them out and capture them.
Even if they hide at the bottom of the ocean,
I will send the sea serpent after them to bite them.
I will command the sword to kill them there.
I am determined to bring disaster upon them
and not to help them.”
touches the land and it melts,
and all its people mourn.
The ground rises like the Nile River at floodtime,
and then it sinks again.
while its foundation is on the earth.
He draws up water from the oceans
and pours it down as rain on the land.
The Lord is his name!
than the Ethiopians?* ” asks the Lord.
“I brought Israel out of Egypt,
but I also brought the Philistines from Crete*
and led the Arameans out of Kir.
am watching this sinful nation of Israel.
I will destroy it
from the face of the earth.
But I will never completely destroy the family of Israel,* ”
says the Lord.
and will shake Israel along with the other nations
as grain is shaken in a sieve,
yet not one true kernel will be lost.
all those who say, ‘Nothing bad will happen to us.’
11 “In that day I will restore the fallen house* of David.
I will repair its damaged walls.
From the ruins I will rebuild it
and restore its former glory.
and all the nations I have called to be mine.* ”
The Lord has spoken,
and he will do these things.
“when the grain and grapes will grow faster
than they can be harvested.
Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel
will drip with sweet wine!
back from distant lands,
and they will rebuild their ruined cities
and live in them again.
They will plant vineyards and gardens;
they will eat their crops and drink their wine.
in their own land.
They will never again be uprooted
from the land I have given them,”
says the Lord your God.
9:2 Hebrew to Sheol.
9:7a Hebrew the Cushites?
9:7b Hebrew Caphtor.
9:11a Or kingdom; Hebrew reads tent.