The Cup of the Lord's Wrath 15
Thus the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: 1
"Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.
They shall drink and stagger and be crazed because of 2
the sword that I am sending among them."
So I took the cup from the LORD's hand, 3
and made all the nations to whom the LORD sent me drink it:
Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and officials, 5
to make them a desolation and a waste, a hissing and a curse, as at this day;
Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his officials, all his people,
all the mixed tribes among them; all the kings of 8
the land of Uz and all the kings of 9
the land of the Philistines (10
Gaza, Ekron, and the remnant of 12
Moab, and the sons of 15
all the kings of 16
Tyre, all the kings of 17
Sidon, and the kings of the coastland across 18
Buz, and all who cut 22
the corners of their hair;
all the 23
kings of Arabia and all the kings of 24
the mixed tribes who dwell in the desert;
all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of 25
Elam, and all the kings of 26
all the kings of 27
the north, far and near, one after another, and all the kingdoms of the world that are on the face of the earth. And after them the king of 28
Babylon shall drink.
"Then you shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 29
Drink, be drunk and vomit, fall and rise no more, because of 30
the sword that I am sending among you.'
"And if they refuse to accept the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: 31
You must drink!
For behold, 32
I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, 33
for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the LORD of hosts.'
"You, therefore, shall prophesy against them all these words, and say to them: 34
"'The LORD will roar from on high, and from his holy habitation utter his voice; he will roar mightily against his fold, 35
and shout, like those who tread grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
The clamor will resound to the ends of the earth, for 36
the LORD has an indictment against the nations; 37
he is entering into judgment with all flesh, and the wicked he will put to the sword, declares the LORD.'
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, disaster is going forth from nation to nation, 38
and a great tempest is stirring 39
from the farthest parts of the earth!
"And those pierced by the LORD on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. 41
They shall not be lamented, 42
or gathered, or buried; 43
they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.
you shepherds, and cry out, 46
and roll in ashes, you lords of the flock, for the days of your slaughter and dispersion have come, and you shall fall like a choice vessel.
No refuge will remain 47
for the shepherds, nor escape for the lords of the flock.
A voice--the cry 48
of the shepherds, 49
and the wail of the lords of the flock! For the LORD is laying waste their pasture,
and the peaceful folds are devastated 51
because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Like a lion 52
he has left his lair, for their land has become a waste because of 53
the sword of the oppressor, 54
and because of his fierce anger."