The Lord GOD of hosts, he who touches the earth and 1it melts, and all who dwell in it mourn, 2and all of it rises like the Nile, 3and sinks again, like the Nile of Egypt;
4who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; 5who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth-- 6the LORD is his name.
"Are you not like 7the Cushites to me, O people of Israel?" declares the LORD. 8"Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, and 9the Philistines from 10Caphtor and the Syrians from 11Kir?
Behold, 12the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the surface of the ground, 13except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," declares the LORD.
"For behold, I will command, 14and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall to the earth.
All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, 15'Disaster shall not overtake or meet us.'