Listen to this message that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel and Judah -- the entire family I rescued from Egypt:
"From among all the families on the earth, I chose you alone. That is why I must punish you for all your sins."
Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?
Does a lion ever roar in a thicket without first finding a victim? Does a young lion growl in its den without first catching its prey?
Does a bird ever get caught in a trap that has no bait? Does a trap ever spring shut when there's nothing there to catch?
When the war trumpet blares, shouldn't the people be alarmed? When disaster comes to a city, isn't it because the LORD planned it?
"But always, first of all, I warn you through my servants the prophets. I, the Sovereign LORD, have now done this."
The lion has roared -- tremble in fear! The Sovereign LORD has spoken -- I dare not refuse to proclaim his message!
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)