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.