"1Be broken, O peoples, and be a2shattered; And giveear, allremoteplaces of the earth. Gird yourselves, yet be bshattered; Gird yourselves, yet be cshattered.
"3Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a dproposal, but 4it will not stand, For e5God is with us."
For thus the LORDspoke to me fwith 6mightypower and instructed me 7not to walk in the way of thispeople, saying,
"You are not to say, 'It is a 8conspiracy!' In regard to all that thispeoplecall a conspiracy, And 9you are not to feargwhat they fear or be in dread of it.
"It is the 10LORD of hosts11whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.
"Then He shall become a 12sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a 13stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a 14trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15"Many15will stumble over them, Then they will fall and be broken; They will even be snared and caught."
1616Bind up the testimony, 17seal the hlaw among 18my disciples.
And I will 19wait for the LORD20who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even lookeagerly for Him.
1821Behold, I and the childrenwhom the LORD has given me are for 22signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who 23dwells on MountZion.
19When they say to you, "24Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people25consult their God? Should they 26consult the dead on behalf of the living?
To the i27law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to thisword, it is because28they havenodawn.
They will pass through jthe land 29hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and cursektheir king and their God as they faceupward.
Then they will 30look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be 31drivenaway into darkness.