Should I not punish them for this?"1 declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge2 myself on such a nation as this?
"Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely.3 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 unfaithful4 to me," declares the LORD.
They have lied5 about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us;6 we will never see sword or famine.713
The prophets8 are but wind9 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 mouth10 a fire11 and these people the wood it consumes.1215
O house of Israel," declares the LORD, "I am bringing a distant nation13 against you-- an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language14 you do not know, whose speech you do not understand.
Their quivers15 are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
They will devour1617 your harvests and food, devour1819 your sons and daughters; they will devour20 your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees.21 With the sword22 they will destroy the fortified cities23 in which you trust.2418
"Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not destroy25 you completely.
And when the people ask,26 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods27 in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners28 in a land not your own.'