Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth,1 a man with whom the whole land strives and contends!2 I have neither lent3 nor borrowed, yet everyone curses4 me.
The LORD said, "Surely I will deliver you5 for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead6 with you in times of disaster and times of distress.
"Can a man break iron-- iron from the north7--or bronze?
Your wealth8 and your treasures I will give as plunder,9 without charge,10 because of all your sins throughout your country.1114
I will enslave you to your enemies ina a land you do not know,12 for my anger will kindle a fire13 that will burn against you."