Flee for safety, O people of Benjamin, from the midst of Jerusalem! Blow the trumpet in Teko'a, and raise a signal on Beth-hacche'rem; for evil looms out of the north, and great destruction.
The comely and delicately bred I will destroy, the daughter of Zion.
Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her; they shall pitch their tents around her, they shall pasture, each in his place.
"Prepare war against her; up, and let us attack at noon!" "Woe to us, for the day declines, for the shadows of evening lengthen!"
"Up, and let us attack by night, and destroy her palaces!"
For thus says the LORD of hosts: "Hew down her trees; cast up a siege mound against Jerusalem. This is the city which must be punished; there is nothing but oppression within her.
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