It will not be a gentle breeze
for winnowing the grain and blowing away the chaff.
No, a wind too strong for that will come at my bidding.
Yes, even now I, myself, am calling down judgment on them.
Look! The enemy is approaching like gathering cloud
I see one destruction after another taking place,
so that the whole land lies in ruins.
I see our tents suddenly destroyed,
their curtains torn down in a mere instant.
How long must I see the enemys battle flags
and hear the military signals of thei
and refuse to submit to him.
So like a lion from the thicket their enemies will kill them.
Like a wolf from the desert they will destroy them.
Like a leopard they will lie in wait outside their cities
and totally destroy anyone who ventures out.
And you, Zion, city doomed to destruction,
you accomplish nothing by wearing a beautiful dress,
decking yourself out in jewels of gold,
and putting on eye shadow!
You are making yourself beautiful for nothing.
Your lovers spurn you.
They want to kill y
They have turned aside and gone their own way.
They do not say to themselves,
Let us revere the LORD our God.
It is he who gives us the autumn rains and the spring rains at the proper
It is he who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.
Because these people have spoken like this,
I will make the words that I put in your mouth like fire.
And I will make this people like wood
which the fiery judgments you speak will burn up.
The LORD says, Listen, nation of Israel!
I am about to bring a
They will encamp in siege all around it.
Each of them will devastate the portion assigned to him.
They will say, Prepare to do battle against it!
Come on! Lets attack it at noon!
But later they will say, Oh, oh! Too bad!
The day is almost over
and the s
animals, on trees and crops. And it will burn like a fire which cannot be
The LORD said to the people of Judah, The LORD God of Israel who rules
over all says: You might as well go ahead and add the meat of your burnt
oferings to that of
The LORD said,
I appointed prophets as watchmen to warn you, saying:
Pay attention to the warning sound of the trumpet!
But they said, We will not pay attention!
So the LORD said,
Hear, you nations!
Be witnesses and take note of what will happen to
I am as full of anger as you are, LORD, I
am tired of trying to hold it in.
The LORD answered,
Vent it, then, on the children who play in the street
and on the young men who are gathered together.
Husbands and wives are to be included,
as well as the o
of the LORD is here! The temple of the LORD is here! 5 You must change the
way you have been living and do what is right. You must treat one another
fairly. 6 Stop oppressing foreigners who live in your land, children who have
lost their fathers, and wome
For the enemy is there with sword in hand.
They are spreading terror everywhere.
So I said, Oh, my dear people, put on sackcloth
and roll in ashes.
Mourn with painful sobs
as though you had lost your only child.
For any moment now that destructive army
scare them away.
I will put an end to the sounds of joy and gladness, or
the glad celebration of brides and grooms throughout the towns of Judah
and the streets of Jerusalem. For the whole land will become a desolate
8 The LORD says, When th
He has condemned us to drink the poison waters of judgment
because we have sinned against him.
We hoped for good fortune, but nothing good has come of it.
We hoped for a time of relief, but instead we experience terror.
The snorting of the enemys ho
to what I, the LORD, require of them.
How can you say, We are wise!
We have the law of the LORD?
The truth is, those who teach it have used their writings
to make it say what it does not really mean.
Your wise men will be put to shame.
They will be du
for those of my dear people who have been killed.
I wish I had a lodging place in the desert
where I could spend some time like a weary traveler.
Then I would desert my people
and walk away from them
because they are all unfaithful to God,
The LORD who rules over all told me to say to this people,
Take note of what I say.
Call for the women who mourn for the dead!
Summon those who are the most skilled at it!
I said, Indeed, let them come quickly and sing a song of mourning for
Friendly words for their neighbors come from their mouths.
But their minds are thinking up ways to trap them.
I will certainly punish them for doing such things! says the LORD.
I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this!
The Coming Dest
says the LORD.
The LORD says, Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish
all those who are circumcised only in the flesh.
That is, I will punish the
Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and
all the desert peo
because you deserve to be revered.
For there is no one like you
among any of the wise people of the nations nor among any of their kings.
The people of those nations are both stupid and foolish.
Instruction from a wooden idol is worthless!
Jerusalem. 3 Tell them that the LORD, the God of Israel, says, Anyone who
does not keep the terms of the covenant will be under a curse. 4 Those are
the terms that I charged your ancestors to keep when I brought them out
of Egypt, that place which was lik
Gather your belongings together and prepare to leave the land,
you people of Jerusalem who are being besieged.
For the LORD says, I will now throw out
those who live in this land.
I will bring so much trouble on them
that they will actually feel it.
13 The LORD said to me, Go and buy some linen shorts and put them on.
Do not put them in water. 2 So I bought the shorts as the LORD had told me
to do and put them on. 3 Then the LORD spoke to me again and
said, 4 Take the shorts that you bought and are w
12 LORD, you have always been fair
whenever I have complained to you.
However, I would like to speak with you about the disposition of justice.
Why are wicked people successful?
Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives?
You plant them like trees
What right do you have to be in my temple, my beloved people?
Many of you have done wicked things.
Can your acts of treachery be so easily canceled by sacred oferings
that you take joy in doing evil even while you make them?
I, the LORD, once called yo
The people I call my own attack me like birds of prey or like hyenas.
But other birds of prey are all around them.
Let all the nations gather together like wild beasts.
Let them come and destroy these people I call my own.
Many foreign rulers will ru
Do it before he turns the light of deliverance you hope for
into the darkness and gloom of exile.
But if you will not pay attention to this warning,
I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride.
I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with t
That is why I will scatter your people like chaff
that is blown away by a desert wind.
This is your fate,
the destiny to which I have appointed you,
because you have forgotten me
and have trusted in false gods.
So I will pull your skirt up over your
the LORD, say this about them: War and starvation will kill those
The people to whom they are prophesying will die through
war and famine. Their bodies will be thrown out into the streets of
Jerusalem and there will be no one to bury them. Th
O LORD, intervene for the honor of your name
even though our sins speak out against us.
Indeed, we have turned away from you many times.
We have sinned against you.
You have been the object of Israels hopes.
You have saved them when they were in trouble