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,
2 Then the Lord replied:
“Writer down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a heraldb may run with it.
3 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
his desires are not upright—
5 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.
6 “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 they not wake up and make you tremble?
Then you will become their prey.e
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
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!
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!
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.
Or an imagee that teaches lies?
For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;
he makes idols that cannot speak.f
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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