On that day the Lord will use his powerful and deadly sword to punish Leviathan, that wriggling, twisting dragon, and to kill the monster that lives in the sea. 1
On that day the Lord will say of his pleasant vineyard,
"I watch over it and water it continually. I guard it night and day so that no one will harm it.
I am no longer angry with the vineyard. If there were thorns and briers to fight against, I would burn them up completely.
But if the enemies of my people want my protection, let them make peace with me. Yes, let them make peace with me."
In the days to come the people of Israel, the descendants of Jacob, will take root like a tree, and they will blossom and bud. The earth will be covered with the fruit they produce.
Israel has not been punished by the Lord as severely as its enemies nor lost as many people.
The Lord punished his people by sending them into exile. He took them away with a cruel wind from the east.