A pronouncement. The LORD's word against Israel, an utterance of the LORD who stretches out the heavens, who establishes the earth, and who fashions the spirit of humanity within it:
I am about to make Jerusalem a cup that will stagger all the surrounding nations. There will be a siege against Judah and against Jerusalem.
On that day I will make Jerusalem into a heavy stonea for all the peoples. All who carry it will hurt themselves; nevertheless, the nations of the earth will conspire against it.
On that day, says the LORD, I will strike every horse with confusion and its rider with madness. I will keep my eyes open for the house of Judah; I will strike blind every horse of the peoples.
The chieftains of Judah will say to themselves, We are strong; the inhabitants of Jerusalem will say, The LORD their God of heavenly forces is strong.b