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.a6
He builds His upper chambers in the heavens and lays the foundation of His vault on the earth.b 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,c and the Arameans from Kir?
Look, the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,d 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 overtakee or confront us,f will die by the sword.