"Or if I bring a sword1 against that country and say, 'Let the sword pass throughout the land,' and I kill its men and their animals,218
as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.
"Or if I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath3 upon it through bloodshed,4 killing its men and their animals,520
as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness.621
"For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments7--sword8 and famine9 and wild beasts and plague10--to kill its men and their animals!1122
Yet there will be some survivors12--sons and daughters who will be brought out of it.13 They will come to you, and when you see their conduct14 and their actions, you will be consoled15 regarding the disaster I have brought upon Jerusalem--every disaster I have brought upon it.
You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign LORD.16"