O Jerusalem, wash1 the evil from your heart and be saved.2 How long3 will you harbor wicked thoughts?
A voice is announcing from Dan,4 proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.516
"Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: 'A besieging army is coming from a distant land,6 raising a war cry7 against the cities of Judah.817
They surround9 her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled10 against me,' " declares the LORD.
"Your own conduct and actions11 have brought this upon you.12 This is your punishment. How bitter13 it is! How it pierces to the heart!"
Oh, my anguish, my anguish!14 I writhe in pain.15 Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds16 within me, I cannot keep silent.17 For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;18 I have heard the battle cry.1920
Disaster follows disaster;20 the whole land lies in ruins.21 In an instant my tents22 are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.
How long must I see the battle standard23 and hear the sound of the trumpet?2422
"My people are fools;25 they do not know me.26 They are senseless children; they have no understanding.27 They are skilled in doing evil;28 they know not how to do good."2923
I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty;30 and at the heavens, and their light31 was gone.
I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking;32 all the hills were swaying.