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2 I will stand at my watchn

and station myself on the ramparts;o

I will look to see what he will sayp to me,

and what answer I am to give to this complaint.a q

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:

“Writer down the revelation

and make it plain on tablets

so that a heraldb may run with it.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time;s

it speaks of the endt

and will not prove false.

Though it linger, waitu for it;

itc will certainly come

and will not delay.v

“See, the enemy is puffed up;

his desires are not upright—

but the righteous personw will live by his faithfulnessd x

indeed, winey betrays him;

he is arrogantz and never at rest.

Because he is as greedy as the grave

and like death is never satisfied,a

he gathers to himself all the nations

and takes captiveb all the peoples.

“Will not all of them tauntc him with ridicule and scorn, saying,

“ ‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods

and makes himself wealthy by extortion!d

How long must this go on?’

Will not your creditors suddenly arise?

Will they not wake up and make you tremble?

Then you will become their prey.e

Because you have plundered many nations,

the peoples who are left will plunder you.f

For you have shed human blood;g

you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.h

“Woe to him who buildsi his house by unjust gain,j

setting his nestk on high

to escape the clutches of ruin!

10 You have plotted the ruinl of many peoples,

shamingm your own house and forfeiting your life.

11 The stonesn of the wall will cry out,

and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

12 “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshedo

and establishes a town by injustice!

13 Has not the Lord Almighty determined

that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire,p

that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?q

14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the gloryr of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea.s

15 “Woe to him who gives drinkt to his neighbors,

pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk,

so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!

16 You will be filled with shameu instead of glory.v

Now it is your turn! Drinkw and let your nakedness be exposede!x

The cupy from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you,

and disgrace will cover your glory.

17 The violencez you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,

and your destruction of animals will terrify you.a

For you have shed human blood;b

you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

18 “Of what valuec is an idold carved by a craftsman?

Or an imagee that teaches lies?

For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;

he makes idols that cannot speak.f

1Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’

Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’g

Can it give guidance?

It is covered with gold and silver;h

there is no breath in it.”i

20 The Lord is in his holy temple;j

let all the earth be silentk before him.


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