"I have destroyed nations; their strongholds are demolished. I have left their streets deserted, with no one passing through. Their cities are laid waste;1 they are deserted and empty.
Of Jerusalem I thought, 'Surely you will fear me and accept correction!'2 Then her place of refugea would not be destroyed, nor all my punishments come uponb her. But they were still eager to act corruptly3 in all they did.
Therefore wait4 for me," declares the LORD, "for the day I will stand up to testify.c I have decided to assemble5 the nations,6 to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath7 on them-- all my fierce anger.8 The whole world will be consumed9 by the fire of my jealous anger.