Their quivers1 are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
They will devour23 your harvests and food, devour45 your sons and daughters; they will devour6 your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees.7 With the sword8 they will destroy the fortified cities9 in which you trust.1018
"Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not destroy11 you completely.
And when the people ask,12 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods13 in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners14 in a land not your own.'
"Announce this to the house of Jacob and proclaim15 it in Judah:
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,16 who have eyes17 but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:1822
Should you not fear19 me?" declares the LORD. "Should you not tremble20 in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea,21 an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar,22 but they cannot cross it.
But these people have stubborn and rebellious23 hearts; they have turned aside24 and gone away.
They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear25 the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains26 in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'2725
Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.2826
"Among my people are wicked29 men who lie in wait30 like men who snare birds and like those who set traps31 to catch men.