would prophesy about Jerusalem and would see visions of peace for it,
when there was no peace, declares the sovereign LORD.
As for you, son of man, turn toward the daughters of your people who
are prophesying from their imagination. Prophesy against th
You shrouded yourself with anger and then pursued us;
you killed without mercy.
You shrouded yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can get through.
You make us like filthy scum
in the estimation of the nations.
All our enemies
Let him ofer his cheek to the one who hits him;
let him have his fill of insults.
For the Lord will not
reject us forever.
Though he causes us grief, he then has compassion on us
according to the abundance of his loyal kindness.
He ground my teeth in gravel;
he trampled me in the dust.
I am deprived of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is.
So I said, My endurance has expired;
I have lost all hope of deliverance from the LORD.
Remember my impoveris
All who passed by on the road
clapped their hands to mock you.
They sneered and shook their heads
at Daughter Jerusalem.
Ha! Is this the city they called
The perfection of beauty,
the source of joy of the whole earth!?
All your enemie
before the face of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to him
for your childrens lives;
they are fainting
at every street corner.
Look, O LORD! Consider!
Whom have you ever aflicted like this?
Should women eat their ofspring,
He drove me into captivity and made me walk
in darkness and not light.
He repeatedly attacks me,
he turns his hand against me all day long.
He has made my mortal skin waste away;
he has broken my bones.
He has besieged and surrounded me
They have dressed in sackcloth.
Jerusalems young women stare down at the ground.
My eyes are worn out from weeping;
my stomach is in knots.
My heart is poured out on the ground
due to the destruction of my helpless people;
children and infants f
He destroyed his temple as if it were a vineyard;
he destroyed his appointed meeting place.
The LORD has made those in Zion forget
both the festivals and the Sabbaths.
In his fierce anger he has spurned
both king and priest.
The Lord r
He has thrown down the splendor of Israel
from heaven to earth;
he did not protect his temple
when he displayed his anger.
The Lord destroyed mercilessly
all the homes of Jacobs descendants.
In his anger he tore down
the fortified cities of Daugh
I called for my lovers,
but they had deceived me.
My priests and my elders
perished in the city.
Truly they had searched for food
to keep themselves alive.
Look, O LORD! I am distressed;
my stomach is in knots!
My heart is pounding in
The precious sons of Zion
were worth their weight in gold
Alas!but now they are treated like broken clay pots,
made by a potter.
Even the jackals nurse their young
at their breast,
but my people are cruel,
like ostriches in the desert.
You came near on the day I called to you;
you said, Do not fear!
O Lord, you championed my cause,
you redeemed my life.
You have seen the wrong done to me, O LORD;
pronounce judgment on my behalf!
You have seen all their vengeance,
Now their appearance is darker than soot;
they are not recognized in the streets.
Their skin has shriveled on their bones;
it is dried up, like tree bark.
Those who died by the sword are better off
than those who die of hunger,
not from their wealth, not from their prominence.
The time has come;
the day has struck! The customer should not rejoice, nor the seller mourn;
for divine wrath comes against their whole crowd.13 The customer will no
longer pay the seller while both pa
my rage on them, and I will be appeased. Then they will know that I, the
LORD, have spoken in my jealousy when I have fully vented my rage
I will make you desolate and an object of scorn among the nations
around you, in the sight of every
Then he said to me, Son of man, I am about to remove the bread
supply in Jerusalem. They will eat their bread ration anxiously, and they
will drink their water ration in terror
because they will lack bread and
water. Each one will be terrified, and
Ominous Object Lessons
4 And you, son of man, take a brick and set it in front of you. Inscribe a
city on itJerusalem. 2 Lay siege to it! Build siege works against it. Erect a
siege ramp against it! Post soldiers outside it and station battering rams
the LORD rested powerfully on me.
I came to the exiles at Tel Abib, who
lived by the Kebar River. I sat dumbfounded among them there, where
they were living, for seven days.
At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me:
the wheels rose up from the ground; the wheels rose up beside them
because the spirit of the living being was in the wheel.
Over the heads of the living beings was something like a platform,
glittering awesomely like ice, stretched out over their heads
son of Buzi, at the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. The hand of
the LORD came on him there).
As I watched, I noticed a windstorm coming from the northan
enormous cloud, with lightning flashing, such that bright light rimmed it
and came from
Our very life breaththe LORDs anointed king
was caught in their traps,
of whom we thought,
Under his protection we will survive among the nations.
The Prophet Speaks:
Rejoice and be glad for now, O people of Edom,
who reside in t
there is no one to rescue us from their power.
At the risk of our lives we get our food
because robbers lurk in the countryside.
Our skin is hot as an oven
due to a fever from hunger.
They raped women in Zion,
virgins in the towns of Judah.
They wander blindly through the streets,
defiled by the blood they shed,
while no one dares
to touch their garments.
People cry to them, Turn away! You are unclean!
Turn away! Turn away! Dont touch us!
So they have fled and wander ab
All her people groaned
as they searched for a morsel of bread.
They exchanged their valuables
for just enough food
to stay alive.
Look, O LORD! Consider
that I have become worthless!
Is it nothing to you, all you wh
He rounded up all my mighty ones;
The Lord did this in my midst.
He summoned an assembly against me
to shatter my young men.
The Lord has stomped like grapes
the virgin daughter, Judah.
I weep because of these things;
my eyes flow w
so they were too exhausted to escape
from the hunter.
when she became a poor homeless person,
all her treasures
that she owned in days of old.
When her people fell into an enemys grip,
none of her allies came to her rescue.
The noise of battle can be heard in the land of Babylonia.
There is the sound of great destruction.
Babylon hammered the whole world to pieces.
But see how that hammer has been broken and shattered!
See what an object of horror
Babylon has become am
because of all the disasters that have happened to it.
Take up your battle positions all around Babylon,
all you soldiers who are armed with bows.
Shoot all your arrows at her! Do not hold any back!
For she has sinned against the LORD.
Shout the bat
as they seek the LORD their God.
They will ask the way to Zion;
they will turn their faces toward it.
They will come and bind themselves to the LORD
in a lasting covenant that will never be forgotten.
My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds ha