"Run for your lives, you people of Benjamin! Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the alarm in Tekoa! Send up a signal at Beth-hakkerem! Warn everyone that a powerful army is coming from the north to destroy this nation.
O Jerusalem, a you are my beautiful and delicate daughter -- but I will destroy you!
Enemy shepherds will surround you. They will set up camp around the city and divide your pastures for their flocks.
They shout, 'Prepare for battle and attack at noon! But now the day is fading, and the evening shadows are falling.
So let us attack by night and destroy her palaces!'"
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Cut down the trees for battering rams. Build ramps against the walls of Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished, for she is wicked through and through.
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)