"Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn1 by gods that are not gods.2 I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery3 and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.48
They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.59
Should I not punish them for this?"6 declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge7 myself on such a nation as this?
"Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely.8 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 unfaithful9 to me," declares the LORD.
They have lied10 about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us;11 we will never see sword or famine.1213
The prophets13 are but wind14 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 mouth15 a fire16 and these people the wood it consumes.1715
O house of Israel," declares the LORD, "I am bringing a distant nation18 against you-- an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language19 you do not know, whose speech you do not understand.
Their quivers20 are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
They will devour2122 your harvests and food, devour2324 your sons and daughters; they will devour25 your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees.26 With the sword27 they will destroy the fortified cities28 in which you trust.29