Has [the LORD] struck her as he struck1 down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her?
By warfarea and exile2 you contend with her-- with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind3 blows.
By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned4 for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin:5 When he makes all the altar stones6 to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah polesb7 or incense altars8 will be left standing.
The fortified city stands desolate,9 an abandoned settlement, forsaken10 like the desert; there the calves graze,11 there they lie down;12 they strip its branches bare.
When its twigs are dry, they are broken off13 and women come and make fires14 with them. For this is a people without understanding;15 so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator16 shows them no favor.1712
In that day the LORD will thresh18 from the flowing Euphratesc to the Wadi of Egypt,19 and you, O Israelites, will be gathered20 up one by one.
And in that day21 a great trumpet22 will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled23 in Egypt24 will come and worship25 the LORD on the holy mountain26 in Jerusalem.