Then the Lord said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before Me, My compassions would not [reach out] to these people. Send them from My presence, and let them go.
If they ask you: Where will we go? you must tell them: This is what the Lord says: Those [destined] for death, to death; those [destined] for the sword, to the sword. Those [destined] for famine, to famine; those [destined] for captivity, to captivity.
"I will ordain four kindsa [of judgment] for them"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away,b and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the landc to devour and destroy.
I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manassehd son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?e Who will show sympathy toward you?f Who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
You have left Me. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. You have turned your back, so I have stretched out My hand against you and destroyed you. I am tired of showing compassion.
I scattered them with a winnowing fork at the gates of the land. I made [them] childless; I destroyed My people. They would not turn from their ways.g8
I made their widows more numerous than the sand of the seas.h I brought against the mother of young men a destroyer at noon. I suddenly released on her agitation and terrors.
The mother of seven grew faint;i she breathed her [last] breath. Her sun set while it was still day; she was ashamed and humiliated. The rest of them I will give over to the sword in the presence of their enemies." [This is] the Lord's declaration.
The Lord said: Assuredly, I will set you free and care for you.k Assuredly, I will intercede for you in a time of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.
Can anyone smash iron, iron from the north, or bronze?
Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder, without cost,l for all your sins, and within all your borders.
Then I will make you serve your enemiesm in a land you do not know, for My anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you.n
You know, Lord; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience,o don't take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor.
Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, Lord God of Hosts.
I never sat with the band of revelers, and I did not celebrate [with them]. Because Your hand was [on me], I sat alone, for You filled me with indignation.
Why has my pain become unending, my wound incurable,p refusing to be healed? You truly have become like a mirage to me- water that is not reliable.
Therefore, this is what the Lord says: If you return, I will restore you; you will stand in My presence. And if you speak noble [words], rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman.q It is they who must return to you; you must not return to them.
Then I will make you a fortified wall of bronze to this people. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you.r [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.
I will deliver you from the power of evil people and redeem you from the control of the ruthless.