Ask yourselves this and consider it carefully: 1 Have you ever seen a man give birth to a baby? Why then do I see all these strong men grabbing their stomachs in pain like 2 a woman giving birth? And why do their faces turn so deathly pale?
I will punish those people who have violated their covenant with me. I will make them like the calf they cut in two and passed between its pieces. 1 I will do so because they did not keep the terms of the covenant they made in my presence. 2
This happened because of the wickedness the people living there did. 1 They made me angry 2 by worshiping and offering sacrifice to 3 other gods whom neither they nor you nor your ancestors 4 previously knew. 5
I will make many stumble. 1 They will fall over one another in their hurry to flee. 2 They will say, ‘Get up! Let’s go back to our own people. Let’s go back to our homelands because the enemy is coming to destroy us.’ 3
Foreigners living there will say, 1 ‘We tried to heal her, but she could not be healed. Let’s leave Babylonia 2 and each go back to his own country. For judgment on her will be vast in its proportions. It will be like it is piled up to heaven, stacked up into the clouds.’ 3
ר (Resh) Look, O Lord! I am distressed; 1 my stomach is in knots! 2 My heart is pounding 3 inside me. Yes, I was terribly rebellious! 4 Out in the street the sword bereaves a mother of her children; 5 Inside the house death is present. 6
ת (Tav) As if it were a feast day, you call 1 enemies 2 to terrify me 3 on every side. 4 On the day of the Lord’s anger no one escaped or survived. My enemy has finished off those healthy infants whom I bore 5 and raised. 6
When the living beings moved, the wheels moved, and when they stopped moving, the wheels stopped. 1 When they rose up from the ground, the wheels rose up from the ground; the wheels rose up beside them because the spirit of the living being was in the wheel.
The customer will no longer pay the seller 1 while both parties are alive, for the vision against their whole crowd 2 will not be revoked. Each person, for his iniquity, 3 will fail to preserve his life.
The king will mourn and the prince will be clothed with shuddering; the hands of the people of the land will tremble. Based on their behavior I will deal with them, and by their standard of justice 1 I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the Lord!”
While they were striking them down, I was left alone, and I threw myself face down and cried out, “Ah, sovereign Lord! Will you destroy the entire remnant of Israel when you pour out your fury on Jerusalem?”
You also took your beautiful jewelry, made of my gold and my silver I had given to you, and made for yourself male images and engaged in prostitution 1 with them.
The person who sins is the one who will die. A son will not suffer 1 for his father’s iniquity, and a father will not suffer 2 for his son’s iniquity; the righteous person will be judged according to his righteousness, and the wicked person according to his wickedness. 3
It is sharpened for slaughter, it is polished to flash like lightning! “‘Should we rejoice in the scepter of my son? No! The sword despises every tree! 1
Then say, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: O city, who spills blood within herself (which brings on her doom), 1 and who makes herself idols (which results in impurity),
For they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and their sons, whom they bore to me, 1 they have passed through the fire as food to their idols. 2