The word of the LORD also came to me saying,
"You shall not take a wife for yourself norhavesons or daughters in thisplace."
For thussays the LORDconcerning the sons and daughtersborn in thisplace, and concerning their 1mothers who bear them, and their 2fathers who beget them in thisland:
"They will 3die of deadlydiseases, they 4will not be lamented or buried; they will be as 5dung on the surface of the ground and come to an end by sword and famine, and their carcasses will becomefood for the 6birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth."
For thussays the LORD, "Do not enter a house of a7mourning, or go to lament or to console them; for I have 8withdrawn My peace from thispeople," declares the LORD, "My 9lovingkindness and compassion.
"Both 10greatmen and small will die in thisland; they will not be buried, they will not be lamented, nor will anyone 11gash himself or 12shave his head for them.
"Men will not 13break bread in mourning for them, to comfort anyone for the dead, norgive them a cup of consolation to drink for anyone's father or mother.
"Moreover you shall 14not go into a house of feasting to sit with them to eat and drink."
For thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Behold, I am going to b15eliminate from thisplace, before your eyes and in your time, the voice of rejoicing and the voice of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride.
"Now when you tellthispeopleallthesewords, they will say to you, '16For whatreason has the LORDdeclaredallthisgreatcalamityagainst us? And what is our iniquity, or what is our sinwhich we have committed against the LORD our God?'
"Then you are to say to them, 'It is 17because your forefathers have forsaken Me,' declares the LORD, 'and have followed18othergods and served them and boweddown to them; but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law.
'You too have doneevil, even 19morethan your forefathers; for behold, you are eachonewalkingaccording to the 20stubbornness of his own 21evilheart, withoutlistening to Me.
'So I will 22hurl you out of thisland into the 23landwhich you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will 24serveothergodsday and night, for I will grant you nofavor.'
"25Thereforebehold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will nolonger be said, 'As the LORDlives, who26brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,'
but, 'As the LORDlives, whobrought up the sons of Israel from the 27land of the north and from all the countrieswhere He had banished them.' For I will restore them to their own landwhich I gave to their fathers.
16"Behold, I am going to send for many28fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for manyhunters, and they will 29hunt them 30from everymountain and everyhill and from the clefts of the rocks.
"31For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, 32nor is their iniquityconcealed from My eyes.
"I will first33doublyrepay their iniquity and their sin, because they have 34polluted My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their 35detestableidols and with their abominations."
O LORD, my 36strength and my stronghold, And my 37refuge in the day of distress, To You the 38nations will come From the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers have inheritednothing but 39falsehood, Futility and c40things of noprofit."
Can manmakegods for himself? Yet they are 41not gods!
21"Thereforebehold, I am going to make them know - Thistime I will 42make them know My dpower and My might; And they shall 43know that My name is the LORD."