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."