The LORD will scatter you among every nation, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will serve other gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known—gods of wood and stone.
Among those nations you will have no rest and no place to call your own.a There the LORD will give you an agitated mind, failing eyes, and a depressed spirit.
Your life will seem to dangle before your very eyes. You will be afraid night and day. You won't be able to count on surviving for long.
In the morning you will say: "I wish it was nighttime," but at nighttime you will say, "I wish it was morning"—on account of your tortured mind, which will be terrified, and because of the horrible sights that your eyes will see.
Finally, the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the route I promised you would never see again. There you will try to sell yourselves as slaves—both male and female—but no one will want to buy you.