1 What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem,
the city of violence and crime!
it refuses all correction.
It does not trust in the Lord
or draw near to its God.
hunting for their victims.
Its judges are like ravenous wolves at evening time,
who by dawn have left no trace of their prey.
Its priests defile the Temple by disobeying God’s instructions.
and he does no wrong.
Day by day he hands down justice,
and he does not fail.
But the wicked know no shame.
devastating their fortress walls and towers.
Their streets are now deserted;
their cities lie in silent ruin.
There are no survivors—
none at all.
Surely they will listen to my warnings.
Then I won’t need to strike again,
destroying their homes.’
But no, they get up early
to continue their evil deeds.
“Soon I will stand and accuse these evil nations.
For I have decided to gather the kingdoms of the earth
and pour out my fiercest anger and fury on them.
All the earth will be devoured
by the fire of my jealousy.
so that everyone can worship the Lord together.
10 My scattered people who live beyond the rivers of Ethiopia*
will come to present their offerings.
for you will no longer be rebels against me.
I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you.
There will be no more haughtiness on my holy mountain.
for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.
they will never tell lies or deceive one another.
They will eat and sleep in safety,
and no one will make them afraid.”
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
and will disperse the armies of your enemy.
And the Lord himself, the King of Israel,
will live among you!
At last your troubles will be over,
and you will never again fear disaster.
“Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.*
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
you will be disgraced no more.*
I will save the weak and helpless ones;
I will bring together
those who were chased away.
I will give glory and fame to my former exiles,
wherever they have been mocked and shamed.
and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”