15 Then Yahweh said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood ⌊before me⌋,a my heart would not be to this people. Send them away from my ⌊sight⌋,b and let them go out. 2 ⌊And then⌋c if they say to you, ‘Where shall we go?’ Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says Yahweh,
“Those who are destined for the plague, to the plague,
and those who are destined for the sword, to the sword,
and those who are destined for the famine, to the famine,
and those who are destined for the captivity, to the captivity.” ’
3 “And I will summond over them four types of calamity,” ⌊declares⌋e Yahweh, “the sword to kill, and the dogs to drag away, and the birdsf of the air and the wild animalsg of the earth to devour and to destroy. 4 And I will make them a terror to all of the kingdoms of the earth because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, because of what he did in Jerusalem.
or who will show sympathy to you,
or who will turn aside ⌊to ask about your welfare⌋?h
6 You have forsaken me,” ⌊declares⌋i Yahweh.
“You go backward, so I have stretched my hand against you,
and I have destroyed you.
I am tired of becoming remorseful.
I am bereaved.
I have destroyed my people.
They did not turn back from their ways.
8 Their widowsj will be more numerous before me than the sand of the seas.
a destroyer at noon.
I will suddenly drop on her anguish and horror.m
She gasps her breath.
Her sun ⌊set⌋n while still day.
She has been put to shame and disgraced.
And the remainder of them I will give to the sword
10 Woe to me, O my mother, that you gave birth to me,
a man of contention and quarreling ⌊to the whole land⌋.q
I have not lent out and ⌊I have not borrowed⌋.r
All of them are cursing me.
⌊surely⌋u I will cause the enemy to intercede with you
in a time of trouble,
and in a time of distress.
iron from the north, or bronze?
as plunder without price,
even because of all your sins,
and throughout all your territories.
in a land that you do not know,
for a fire will kindle in my anger.
Upon you it will be kindled.”
and take revenge for me against my persecutors ⌊in your forbearance⌋.v
You must take me away.
Know that I am carrying disgrace because of you.
and your words became to me as jubilation,
even as the joy of my heart,
for your name is called on me, O Yahweh God of hosts.
nor did I exult.
Because of the ⌊presence⌋w of your hand I sat alone,
for you filled me with indignation.
It refuses to become healed.
Truly you are to me like a deceitful brook,
waters that are not trustworthy.
“If you turn back, then I will take you back.
You will stand ⌊before me⌋.x
And if you utter what is precious and not what is worthless,
you will be as my mouth.
They will turn back to you,
and you will not turn back to them.
a wall of fortified bronze,
and they will fight against you,
but they will not prevail over you,
for I am with you, to save you,
and to deliver you,” ⌊declares⌋y Yahweh.
and I will redeem you from the hand of the tyrant.”
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