I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said: Strike the capitals of the pillars so that the thresholds shake; knock them down on the heads of all the people. Then I will kill the rest of them with the sword. None of those who flee will get away; none of their fugitives will escape.
If they dig down to Sheol, from there My hand will take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.
If they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will track them down and seize them; if they conceal themselves from My sight on the sea floor,a from there I will command the [sea] serpent to bite them.
And if they are driven by their enemies into captivity, from there I will command the sword to kill them.b I will fix My eyes on them for harm and not for good.c5
The Lord, the God of Hosts- He touches the earth; it melts, and all who dwell on it mourn; all of it rises like the Nile and subsides like the Nile of Egypt.d6
He builds His upper chambers in the heavens and lays the foundation of His vault on the earth.e He summons the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth. Yahweh is His name.
Israelites, are you not like the Cushites to Me? [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. Didn't I bring Israel from the land of Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor,f and the Arameans from Kir?
Look, the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,g and I will destroy it from the face of the earth. However, I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob- the Lord's declaration-
for I am about to give the command, and I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations, as one shakes a sieve, but not a pebble will fall to the ground.
All the sinners among My people, who say: Disaster will never overtakeh or confront us,i will die by the sword.