This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Cut down the trees1 and build siege ramps2 against Jerusalem. This city must be punished; it is filled with oppression.37
As a well pours out its water, so she pours out her wickedness. Violence4 and destruction5 resound in her; her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
Take warning, O Jerusalem, or I will turn away6 from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it."
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Let them glean the remnant7 of Israel as thoroughly as a vine; pass your hand over the branches again, like one gathering grapes."
To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen8 to me? Their ears are closeda9 so they cannot hear.10 The word11 of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.
But I am full of the wrath12 of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in.13 "Pour it out on the children in the street and on the young men14 gathered together; both husband and wife will be caught in it, and the old, those weighed down with years.1512
Their houses will be turned over to others,16 together with their fields and their wives,17 when I stretch out my hand18 against those who live in the land," declares the LORD.
"From the least to the greatest, all19 are greedy for gain;20 prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.2114
They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace.2215
Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.23 So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish24 them," says the LORD.
This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,25 ask where the good way26 is, and walk in it, and you will find rest27 for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'