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.