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.