18 Therefore hear, you nations; you who are witnesses, observe what will happen to them.
19 Hear, you earth: I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law.

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20 What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me.”

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21 Therefore this is what the LORD says: “I will put obstacles before this people. Parents and children alike will stumble over them; neighbors and friends will perish.”

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22 This is what the LORD says: “Look, an army is coming from the land of the north; a great nation is being stirred up from the ends of the earth.

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23 They are armed with bow and spear; they are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, Daughter Zion.”

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24 We have heard reports about them, and our hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped us, pain like that of a woman in labor.

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25 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.

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26 Put on sackcloth, my people, and roll in ashes; mourn with bitter wailing as for an only son, for suddenly the destroyer will come upon us.

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27 “I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways.

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28 They are all hardened rebels, going about to slander. They are bronze and iron; they all act corruptly.

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29 The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out.

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30 They are called rejected silver, because the LORD has rejected them.”

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