1"Flee for safety, O sons of 1Benjamin, From the midst of Jerusalem! Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa And raise a signalovera2Beth-haccerem; For evillooksdown from the 3north, And a greatdestruction.
"The comely and 4dainty one, 5the daughter of Zion, I will cutoff.
"6Shepherds and their flocks will come to her, They will 7pitch their tentsbaround her, They will pastureeach in his cplace.
"d8Preparewaragainst her; Arise, and let us eattack at 9noon. Woe to us, for the daydeclines, For the shadows of the eveninglengthen!
5"Arise, and let us fattack by night And 10destroy her gpalaces!"
For thussays the LORD of hosts, "11Cutdown her trees And cast up a 12siegeagainstJerusalem. This is the city to be punished, In whose midst there is only13oppression.
"14As a wellhkeeps its watersfresh, So she ikeepsfresh her wickedness. 15Violence and destruction are heard in her; 16Sickness and wounds are everbefore Me.
"17Be warned, O Jerusalem, Orj18I shall be alienated from you, And make you a desolation, A land not inhabited."
9Thussays the LORD of hosts, "They will 19thoroughlyglean as the vine the 20remnant of Israel; Pass your handagain like a grape gathererOver the branches."
To whom shall I speak and givewarning That they may hear? Behold, their 21ears are kclosed And they cannotlisten. Behold, 22the word of the LORD has become a reproach to them; They havenodelight in it.
But I am 23full of the wrath of the LORD; I am 24weary with holding it in. "25Pour it out on the children in the street And on the lgathering of youngmentogether; For bothhusband and wife shall be taken, The agedmand the veryold .
"Their 26houses shall be turnedover to others, Their fields and their wivestogether; For I will 27stretch out My handAgainst the inhabitants of the land," declares the LORD.
"For 28from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is 29greedy for gain, And from the prophet even to the priestEveryonendealsfalsely.
"They have 30healed the brokenness of My peoplesuperficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is nopeace.
"Were they 31ashamedbecause of the abomination they have done? They were not evenashamed at all; They did not evenknow how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time that I punish them, They shall be castdown," says the LORD.
16Thussays the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the 32ancientpaths, Where the goodway is, and walk in it; And 33you will findrest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'
"And I set34watchmenover you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.'
18"Thereforehear, O nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them.
"35Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringingdisaster on thispeople, The 36fruit of their oplans, Because they have not listened to My words, And as for My law, they have 37rejected it also.
"38For whatpurpose does 39frankincensecome to Me from Sheba And the p40sweetcane from a distantland? 41Your burntofferings are not acceptable And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me."
21Therefore, thussays the LORD, "Behold, 42I am qlayingstumblingblocksbeforethispeople. And they will stumble against them, 43Fathers and sonstogether; Neighbor and rfriend will perish."
22Thussays the LORD, "Behold, 44a people is coming from the northland, And a greatnation will be aroused from the 45remoteparts of the earth.
"They seize46bow and spear; They are 47cruel and havenomercy; Their voice48roars like the sea, And they ride on horses, Arrayed as a man for the battleAgainst you, O daughter of Zion!"
We have 49heard the report of it; Our hands are limp. 50Anguish has seized us, Pain as of a woman in childbirth.
2551Do not go out into the field And 52do not walk on the road, For the enemy has a sword, 53Terror is on everyside.
O daughter of my people, 54put on sackcloth And 55roll in ashes; s56Mourn as for an onlyson, A lamentationmostbitter. For suddenly the destroyer Will come upon us.
"I have 57made you an assayer and a tester among My people, That you may know and assay their way."
28All of them are stubbornlyrebellious, 58Going about as a talebearer. They are 59bronze and iron; They, all of them, are corrupt.
The bellowsblowfiercely, The lead is consumed by the fire; In vain the refininggoes on, But the 60wicked are not tseparated.
3061They call them rejectedsilver, Because the 62LORD has rejected them.