The Maidens about His Beloved: Who is this coming up from the desert, leaning on her beloved? The Beloved to Her Lover: Under the apple tree I aroused you; 1 there your mother conceived you, there she who bore you was in labor of childbirth. 2
Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion 1 and over its convocations a cloud and smoke by day and a bright flame of fire by night; 2 indeed a canopy will accompany the Lord’s glorious presence. 3
So 1 here is what the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, says: “My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of Assyria, even though they beat you with a club and lift their cudgel against you as Egypt did. 2
Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the Lord, says: “Look, I am laying 1 a stone in Zion, an approved 2 stone, set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. 3 The one who maintains his faith will not panic. 4
You will fall; while lying on the ground 1 you will speak; from the dust where you lie, your words will be heard. 2 Your voice will sound like a spirit speaking from the underworld; 3 from the dust you will chirp as if muttering an incantation. 4
You will sing as you do in the evening when you are celebrating a festival. You will be happy like one who plays a flute as he goes to the mountain of the Lord, the Rock who shelters Israel. 1
So this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria: ‘He will not enter this city, nor will he shoot an arrow here. 1 He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, 2 nor will he build siege works against it.
I will bring them to my holy mountain; I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to me. 1 Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.” 2
For this is what the Lord says: “Look, I am ready to extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river, the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks. 1 You will nurse from her breast 2 and be carried at her side; you will play on her knees.
The Lord asked, 1 “How can I leave you unpunished, Jerusalem? 2 Your people 3 have rejected me and have worshiped gods that are not gods at all. 4 Even though I supplied all their needs, 5 they were like an unfaithful wife to me. 6 They went flocking 7 to the houses of prostitutes. 8
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle to attack you, Daughter Zion.’” 1
I hear my dear people 1 crying out 2 throughout the length and breadth of the land. 3 They are crying, ‘Is the Lord no longer in Zion? Is her divine King 4 no longer there?’” The Lord answers, 5 “Why then do they provoke me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” 6
What will you say 1 when the Lord 2 appoints as rulers over you those allies that you, yourself, had actually prepared as such? 3 Then anguish and agony will grip you like that of a woman giving birth to a baby. 4
Their widows will become in my sight more numerous 1 than the grains of sand on the seashores. At noontime I will bring a destroyer against the mothers of their young men. 2 I will cause anguish 3 and terror to fall suddenly upon them. 4
I will hand over all the wealth of this city to their enemies. I will hand over to them all the fruits of the labor of the people of this city and all their prized possessions, as well as all the treasures of the kings of Judah. Their enemies will seize it all as plunder 1 and carry it off to Babylon.