Should I not punish them for these things? [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. Should I not avenge Myselfa on such a nation as this?
Go up among her vineyard terraces and destroy them, but do not finish them off.b Prune away her shoots, for they do not belong to the Lord.
They, the house of Israel and the house of Judah, have dealt very treacherously with Me. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.
They have contradicted the Lord and insisted, "It won't happen.c Harm won't come to us; we won't see sword or famine."
The prophets become [only] wind, for the [Lord's] word is not in them. This will in fact happen to them.
Therefore, this is what the Lord God of Hosts says: Because you have spoken this word, I am going to make My words become fire in your mouth. These people are the wood, and the fire will consume them.
I am about to bring a nation from far away against you, house of Israel. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. It is an established nation, an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know and whose speech you do not understand.d16
Their quiver is like an open grave; they are all mighty warriors.
They will consume your harvest and your food. They will consume your sons and your daughters. They will consume your flocks and your herds. They will consume your vines and your fig trees. They will destroy with the sword your fortified cities in which you trust.
"But even in those days"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"I will not finish you off.e19
When people ask: For what offense has the Lord our God done all these things to us? You will respond to them: Just as you abandoned Me and served foreign gods in your land, so will you serve strangers in a land that is not yours.