Therefore hear, O nations; observe, O witnesses, what will happen to them.
Hear, O earth:1 I am bringing disaster2 on this people, the fruit of their schemes,3 because they have not listened to my words4 and have rejected my law.520
What do I care about incense from Sheba6 or sweet calamus7 from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;8 your sacrifices9 do not please me."1021
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "I will put obstacles before this people. Fathers and sons alike will stumble11 over them; neighbors and friends will perish."
This is what the LORD says: "Look, an army is coming from the land of the north;12 a great nation is being stirred up from the ends of the earth.1323
They are armed with bow and spear; they are cruel and show no mercy.14 They sound like the roaring sea15 as they ride on their horses;16 they come like men in battle formation to attack you, O Daughter of Zion.17"
We have heard reports about them, and our hands hang limp.18 Anguish19 has gripped us, pain like that of a woman in labor.2025
Do not go out to the fields or walk on the roads, for the enemy has a sword, and there is terror on every side.2126
O my people, put on sackcloth22 and roll in ashes;23 mourn with bitter wailing24 as for an only son,25 for suddenly the destroyer26 will come upon us.
"I have made you a tester27 of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways.
They are all hardened rebels,28 going about to slander.29 They are bronze and iron;30 they all act corruptly.
The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining31 goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out.
They are called rejected silver,32 because the LORD has rejected them."33