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Israel to Be Destroyed

9 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:

“Strike the tops of the pillars

so that the thresholds shake.

Bring them down on the headsn of all the people;

those who are left I will kill with the sword.

Not one will get away,

none will escape.o

Though they dig down to the depths below,p

from there my hand will take them.

Though they climb up to the heavens above,q

from there I will bring them down.r

Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,s

there I will hunt them down and seize them.t

Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,u

there I will command the serpentv to bite them.w

Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,

there I will command the swordx to slay them.

“I will keep my eye on them

for harmy and not for good.za

The Lord, the Lord Almighty—

he touches the earth and it melts,b

and all who live in it mourn;

the whole land rises like the Nile,

then sinks like the river of Egypt;c

he builds his lofty palacea d in the heavens

and sets its foundationb on the earth;

he calls for the waters of the sea

and pours them out over the face of the land—

the Lord is his name.e

“Are not you Israelites

the same to me as the Cushitesc?”f

declares the Lord.

“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,

the Philistinesg from Caphtord h

and the Arameans from Kir?i

“Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord

are on the sinful kingdom.

I will destroyj it

from the face of the earth.

Yet I will not totally destroy

the descendants of Jacob,”

declares the Lord.k

“For I will give the command,

and I will shake the people of Israel

among all the nations

as grainl is shaken in a sieve,m

and not a pebble will reach the ground.n

10 All the sinners among my people

will die by the sword,o

all those who say,

‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’p

Israel’s Restoration

11 “In that day

“I will restore David’sq fallen shelterr

I will repair its broken walls

and restore its ruinss

and will rebuild it as it used to be,t

12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edomu

and all the nations that bear my name,e v

declares the Lord, who will do these things.w

13 “The days are coming,”x declares the Lord,

“when the reapery will be overtaken by the plowmanz

and the planter by the one treadinga grapes.

New wineb will drip from the mountains

and flow from all the hills,c

14 and I will bringd my people Israel back from exile.f e

“They will rebuild the ruined citiesf and live in them.

They will plant vineyardsg and drink their wine;

they will make gardens and eat their fruit.h

15 I will planti Israel in their own land,j

never again to be uprootedk

from the land I have given them,”l

says the Lord your God.m


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