1"Woe to the 1rebelliouschildren," declares the LORD, "Who 2execute a plan, but not Mine, And a3make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to addsin to sin ;
Who 4proceeddown to EgyptWithout5consultingbMe, 6To takerefuge in the safety of Pharaoh And to seekshelter in the shadow of Egypt !
"Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be 7your shame And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
"For 8their princes are at Zoan And their ambassadorsarrive at Hanes.
5"Everyone will be 9ashamedbecause of a people who cannotprofit them, Who are 10not for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach."
The coracle concerning the 11beasts of the 12Negev. Through a land of 13distress and anguish, From dwhere come lioness and lion, viper and 14flyingserpent, They 15carry their riches on the ebacks of youngdonkeys And their treasures on 16camels'humps, To a people who cannotprofit them;
Even Egypt, whose 17help is vain and empty. Therefore, I have calledfher "g18Rahabwho has been exterminated."
8Nowgo, 19write it on a tabletbefore them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may hserve in the time to comeiAs a witness forever .
For this is a 20rebelliouspeople, 21falsesons, Sons who jrefuse to 22listen To the kinstruction of the LORD ;
10Whosay to the 23seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not 24prophesy to us what is right, 25Speak to us lpleasantwords, Prophesyillusions.
11"Get out of the way, 26turnaside from the path, m27Let us hearnomore about the HolyOne of Israel."
12Thereforethussays the HolyOne of Israel, "28Since you have rejectedthisword And have put your trust in 29oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
13Thereforethis30iniquity will be to you Like a 31breach about to fall, A bulge in a highwall, Whosecollapsecomes32suddenly in an instant,
Whose collapse is like the smashing of a 33potter'sjar, nSo ruthlesslyshattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To otakefire from a hearth Or to scoopwater from a cistern."
For thus the LordpGOD, the HolyOne of Israel, has said, "In qrepentance and 34rest you will be saved, In 35quietness and trust is your strength." But you were not willing,
And you said, "No, for we will flee on 36horses," Therefore you shall flee ! "And we will ride on swift horses," Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
1737Onethousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left as a rflag on a mountaintop And as a signal on a hill.
18Therefore the LORDs38longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He twaits on 39high to havecompassion on you. For the LORD is a 40God of justice ; How blessed are all those who u41long for Him.
19vO people in Zion, 42inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will 43weepnolonger. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry ; when He hears it, He will 44answer you.
Although the Lord has given you 45bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will nolonger46hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.
Your ears will hear a wordbehind you, "wThis is the 47way, walk in it," whenever you 48turn to the right or to the left.
And you will defile your graven49imagesoverlaid with silver, and your molten50imagesplated with gold. You will scatter them as an impurething, and say to xthem, "51Be gone !"
Then He will 52give you rain for ythe seedwhich you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be zrich and aaplenteous ; on that day53your livestock will graze in a roomypasture.
Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eatsaltedfodder, whichbbhas been 54winnowed with shovel and fork.
On everyloftymountain and on 55everyhighhill there will be ccstreamsrunning with water on the day of the great56slaughter, when the towersfall.
2657The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seventimes brighter, like the light of sevendays, on the day58the LORDbinds up the 59fracture of His people and 60heals the bruiseddHe has inflicted.
27Behold, 61the name of the LORDcomes from a eeremoteplace ; 62Burning is His anger and ffdense is His ggsmoke ; His lips are filled with 63indignation And His tongue is like a 64consumingfire ;
His 65breath is like an overflowingtorrent, Which 66reaches to the neck, To 67shake the nationsback and forth in a hhsieve, And to put in the jaws of the peoples68the bridle which iileads to ruin.
You will havejjsongs as in the night when you keep the festival, And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, To go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel.
And the LORD will cause kkHis voice of authority to be heard, And the lldescending of His arm to be seen in fierceanger, And in the flame of a consumingfire In cloudburst, downpour and hailstones.
For 69at the voice of the LORD70Assyria will be terrified, When He strikes with the 71rod.
And everymmblow of the nn72rod of punishment, Which the LORD will lay on him, Will be with the music of 73tambourines and lyres ; And in battles, 74brandishingweapons, He will fight them.
For oo75Topheth has long been ready, Indeed, it has been prepared for the king. He has made it deep and large, ppA pyre of fire with plenty of wood ; The 76breath of the LORD, like a torrent of 77brimstone, sets it afire.