6 “Run for cover, g Benjaminites,
out of Jerusalem!
for disaster threatens from the north, l
even great destruction.
they will pitch their tents all around her. n
Each will pasture his own portion.
4 Set them apart for war o against her;
rise up, let’s attack at noon.
Woe to us, for the day is passing;
the evening shadows grow long.
Let us destroy her fortresses.”
6 For this is what the Lord of * Hosts says:
Cut down the trees; p
raise a siege ramp against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished.
There is nothing but oppression within her. q
so she pours out her evil. r
Violence and destruction s resound in her.
Sickness and wounds keep coming to My attention.
or I will turn away from you; t
I will make you a desolation,
a land without inhabitants. u
9 This is what the Lord of Hosts says:
Glean the remnant of Israel v
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 warning w
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. z
I am tired of holding it back. a
Pour it out on the children in the street, b
on the gang of young men as well.
For both husband and wife will be captured,
the old with the very old. c
12 Their houses will be turned over to others, d
their fields and wives as well,
for I will stretch out My hand e
against the inhabitants of the land.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
13 For from the least to the greatest of them, f
everyone is making profit dishonestly. g
From prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely. h
claiming, “Peace, peace,” i
when there is no peace.
They weren’t at all ashamed.
They can no longer feel humiliation. j
Therefore, they will fall among the fallen.
When I punish them, they will collapse, k
says the Lord.
16 This is what the Lord says:
Stand by the roadways and look.
Ask about the ancient paths: l
Which is the way to what is good?
Then take it
and find rest for yourselves. m
But they protested, “We won’t!”
17 I appointed watchmen over you n
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, o
for they have paid no attention to My word.
They have rejected My instruction. p
20 What use to Me is frankincense from Sheba q
or sweet cane r from a distant land?
Your * burnt offerings are not acceptable;
your sacrifices do not please Me. s
I am going to place stumbling blocks before these people;
fathers and sons together will stumble over them; t
friends and neighbors will also perish.
22 This is what the Lord says:
Look, an army is coming from a northern land; u
a great nation will be awakened
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 we are discouraged. y
Distress has seized us—
don’t walk on the road.
For the enemy has a sword;
terror is on every side. b
and roll in the dust. d
Mourn as you would for an only son, e
a bitter lament,
27 I have appointed you to be an assayer among My people—
a refiner h—
so you may know and assay their way of life. i
spreading slander. j
They are bronze and iron;
all of them are corrupt. k
blasting the lead with fire.
The refining is completely in vain;
the evil ones are not separated out.
for the Lord has rejected them. l
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