"Blow the ram's horn in Gibeah! Sound the alarm in Ramah! Raise the battle cry in Beth-aven a ! Lead on into battle, O warriors of Benjamin!
One thing is certain, Israel b : When your day of punishment comes, you will become a heap of rubble.
"The leaders of Judah have become as bad as thieves. c So I will pour my anger down on them like a waterfall.
The people of Israel will be crushed and broken by my judgment because they are determined to worship idols.
I will destroy Israel as a moth consumes wool. I will sap Judah's strength as dry rot weakens wood.
"When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were, Israel turned to Assyria, to the great king there, but he could neither help nor cure them.
I will tear at Israel and Judah as a lion rips apart its prey. I will carry them off, and there will be no one left to rescue them.
Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and look to me for help. For as soon as trouble comes, they will search for me."
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)