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6 “Run for covero out of Jerusalem, Benjaminites.
for disaster threatens from the north,s
even a crushing blow.
I will destroyD Daughter Zion.
they will pitch their tents all around her.t
Each will pasture his own portion.
4 Set them apart for waru against her;
rise up, let’s attack at noon.
Woe to us, for the day is passing;
the evening shadows grow long.
Let’s destroy her fortresses.”
Cut down the trees;v
raise a siege ramp against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished.
There is nothing but oppression within her.w
so she pours out her evil.E
Violence and destructionx resound in her.
Sickness and wounds keep coming to my attention.
or I will turn away from you;y
I will make you a desolation,
a land without inhabitants.z
9 This is what the Lord of Armies says:
Glean the remnant of Israelaa
as thoroughly as a vine.
Pass your hand once more like a grape gatherer
over the branches.
10 Who can I speak to and give such a warningF
that they will listen?
so they cannot pay attention.
See, the word of the Lord has become contemptible to them—
they find no pleasure in it.ac
I am tired of holding it back.a
Pour it out on the children in the street,b
on the gathering of young men as well.
For both husband and wife will be captured,
the old with the very old.A
12 Their houses will be turned over to others,c
their fields and wives as well,
for I will stretch out my handd
against the inhabitants of the land.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
13 For from the least to the greatest of them,e
everyone is making profit dishonestly.f
From prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.g
claiming, “Peace, peace,”h
when there is no peace.
They weren’t at all ashamed.
They can no longer feel humiliation.i
Therefore, they will fall among the fallen.
When I punish them, they will collapse,j
says the Lord.
16 This is what the Lord says:
Stand by the roadways and look.
Ask about the ancient paths,k
“Which is the way to what is good?”
Then take it
and find rest for yourselves.l
But they protested, “We won’t!”
17 I appointed watchmen over youm
and said, “Listen for the sound of the ram’s horn.”
But they protested, “We won’t listen!”
and you witnesses,
learn what the charge is against them.
I am about to bring disaster on these people,
the fruit of their own plotting,n
for they have paid no attention to my words.
They have rejected my instruction.o
20 What use to me is frankincense from Shebap
or sweet caneq from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;
your sacrifices do not please me.r
I am going to place stumbling blocks before these people;
fathers and sons together will stumble over them;s
friends and neighbors will also perish.
22 This is what the Lord says:
a great nation will be stirred up
from the remote regions of the earth.v
They are cruel and show no mercy.w
Their voice roars like the sea,x
and they ride on horses,
lined up like men in battle formation
against you, Daughter Zion.
and our hands have become weak.
Distress has seized us—
pain, like a woman in labor.y
don’t walk on the road.
For the enemy has a sword;
terror is on every side.z
26 My dearB people, dress yourselves in sackcloth
and roll in the dust.aa
Mourn as you would for an only son,ab
a bitter lament,
27 I have appointed you to be an assayer among my people—
so you may know and assay their way of life.a
They are bronze and iron;
all of them are corrupt.c
blasting the lead with fire.
The refining is completely in vain;
the evil ones are not separated out.
for the Lord has rejected them.d
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