The Lord, the LORD Almighty, he who touches the earth and it melts,1 and all who live in it mourn-- the whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt2--
he who builds his lofty palace3 in the heavens and sets its foundation on the earth, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land-- the LORD is his name.4
"Are not you Israelites the same to me as the Cushites ?"5 declares the LORD. "Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines6 from Caphtor7 and the Arameans from Kir?8
"Surely the eyes of the Sovereign LORD are on the sinful kingdom. I will destroy9 it from the face of the earth-- yet I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob," declares the LORD.10
"For I will give the command, and I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations as grain11 is shaken in a sieve,12 and not a pebble will reach the ground.13
All the sinners among my people will die by the sword,14 all those who say, 'Disaster will not overtake or meet us.'15
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