Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.
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.
Are they ashamed because they have done such shameful things? No, they are not at all ashamed. They do not even know how to blush! So they will die, just like others have died. 1 They will be brought to ruin when I punish them,” says the Lord.
So,” the Lord God 1 says, “my raging fury will be poured out on this land. 2 It will be poured out on human beings and animals, on trees and crops. 3 And it will burn like a fire which cannot be extinguished.”
1 So I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. For from the least important to the most important of them, all of them are greedy for dishonest gain. Prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
Are they ashamed because they have done such disgusting things? No, they are not at all ashamed! They do not even know how to blush! So they will die just like others have died. 1 They will be brought to ruin when I punish them, says the Lord.
“Therefore, son of man, pack up your belongings as if for exile. During the day, while they are watching, pretend to go into exile. Go from where you live to another place. Perhaps they will understand, 1 although they are a rebellious house.
Therefore tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: I hereby end this proverb; they will not recite it in Israel any longer.’ But say to them, ‘The days are at hand when every vision will be fulfilled. 1
Cry out and moan, son of man, for it is wielded against my people; against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered up to the sword, along with my people. Therefore, strike your thigh. 1
The Lord said to me: “This gate will be shut; it will not be opened, and no one will enter by it. For the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered by it; therefore it will remain shut.
Because they used to minister to them before their idols, and became a sinful obstacle 1 to the house of Israel, consequently I have made a vow 2 concerning them, declares the sovereign Lord, that they will be responsible 3 for their sin.
They sacrifice on the mountaintops, and burn offerings on the hills; they sacrifice 1 under oak, poplar, and terebinth, because their shade is so pleasant. As a result, your daughters have become cult prostitutes, and your daughters-in-law commit adultery!
Therefore you must distinguish 1 between the clean animal and the unclean, and between the unclean bird and the clean, and you must not make yourselves detestable by means of an animal or bird or anything that creeps on the ground – creatures 2 I have distinguished for you as unclean. 3