I, the LORD, watch over it; I water1 it continually. I guard2 it day and night so that no one may harm3 it.
I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire.45
Or else let them come to me for refuge;5 let them make peace6 with me, yes, let them make peace with me."
In days to come Jacob will take root,7 Israel will bud and blossom8 and fill all the world with fruit.97
Has [the LORD] struck her as he struck10 down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her?
By warfarea and exile11 you contend with her-- with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind12 blows.
By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned13 for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin:14 When he makes all the altar stones15 to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah polesb16 or incense altars17 will be left standing.
The fortified city stands desolate,18 an abandoned settlement, forsaken19 like the desert; there the calves graze,20 there they lie down;21 they strip its branches bare.
When its twigs are dry, they are broken off22 and women come and make fires23 with them. For this is a people without understanding;24 so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator25 shows them no favor.2612
In that day the LORD will thresh27 from the flowing Euphratesc to the Wadi of Egypt,28 and you, O Israelites, will be gathered29 up one by one.
And in that day30 a great trumpet31 will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled32 in Egypt33 will come and worship34 the LORD on the holy mountain35 in Jerusalem.