This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,1 ask where the good way2 is, and walk in it, and you will find rest3 for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'
I appointed watchmen4 over you and said, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!'5 But you said, 'We will not listen.'618
Therefore hear, O nations; observe, O witnesses, what will happen to them.
Hear, O earth:7 I am bringing disaster8 on this people, the fruit of their schemes,9 because they have not listened to my words10 and have rejected my law.1120
What do I care about incense from Sheba12 or sweet calamus13 from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;14 your sacrifices15 do not please me."1621
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "I will put obstacles before this people. Fathers and sons alike will stumble17 over them; neighbors and friends will perish."
This is what the LORD says: "Look, an army is coming from the land of the north;18 a great nation is being stirred up from the ends of the earth.1923
They are armed with bow and spear; they are cruel and show no mercy.20 They sound like the roaring sea21 as they ride on their horses;22 they come like men in battle formation to attack you, O Daughter of Zion.23"
We have heard reports about them, and our hands hang limp.24 Anguish25 has gripped us, pain like that of a woman in labor.2625
Do not go out to the fields or walk on the roads, for the enemy has a sword, and there is terror on every side.2726
O my people, put on sackcloth28 and roll in ashes;29 mourn with bitter wailing30 as for an only son,31 for suddenly the destroyer32 will come upon us.