"Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely.1 Strip off her branches, for these people do not belong to the LORD.
The house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful2 to me," declares the LORD.
They have lied3 about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us;4 we will never see sword or famine.513
The prophets6 are but wind7 and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."
Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says: "Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth8 a fire9 and these people the wood it consumes.1015
O house of Israel," declares the LORD, "I am bringing a distant nation11 against you-- an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language12 you do not know, whose speech you do not understand.
Their quivers13 are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
They will devour1415 your harvests and food, devour1617 your sons and daughters; they will devour18 your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees.19 With the sword20 they will destroy the fortified cities21 in which you trust.2218
"Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not destroy23 you completely.
And when the people ask,24 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods25 in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners26 in a land not your own.'
"Announce this to the house of Jacob and proclaim27 it in Judah: