I will scatter them among nations1 that neither they nor their fathers have known,2 and I will pursue them with the sword3 until I have destroyed them."417
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Consider now! Call for the wailing women5 to come; send for the most skillful of them.
Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.619
The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: 'How ruined7 we are! How great is our shame! We must leave our land because our houses are in ruins.' "
Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of his mouth.8 Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.921
Death has climbed in through our windows10 and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets and the young men11 from the public squares.
Say, "This is what the LORD declares: " 'The dead bodies of men will lie like refuse12 on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.' "
This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom13 or the strong man boast of his strength14 or the rich man boast of his riches,1524
but let him who boasts boast16 about this: that he understands and knows17 me, that I am the LORD,18 who exercises kindness,19 justice and righteousness20 on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh21--
Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places.a22 For all these nations are really uncircumcised,23 and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.24"