"Were they 1ashamedbecause 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 2ancientpaths, Where the goodway is, and walk in it; And 3you will findrest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'
"And I set4watchmenover 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.
"5Hear, O earth : behold, I am bringingdisaster on thispeople, The 6fruit of their aplans, Because they have not listened to My words, And as for My law, they have 7rejected it also.
"8For whatpurpose does 9frankincensecome to Me from Sheba And the b10sweetcane from a distantland ? 11Your burntofferings are not acceptable And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me."
21Therefore, thussays the LORD, "Behold, 12I am clayingstumblingblocksbeforethispeople. And they will stumble against them, 13Fathers and sonstogether ; Neighbor and dfriend will perish."
22Thussays the LORD, "Behold, 14a people is coming from the northland, And a greatnation will be aroused from the 15remoteparts of the earth.
"They seize16bow and spear ; They are 17cruel and havenomercy ; Their voice18roars like the sea, And they ride on horses, Arrayed as a man for the battleAgainst you, O daughter of Zion !"
We have 19heard the report of it; Our hands are limp. 20Anguish has seized us, Pain as of a woman in childbirth.
2521Do not go out into the field And 22do not walk on the road, For the enemy has a sword, 23Terror is on everyside.