Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” His brothers could not answer him because they were dumbfounded before him.
I invoke heaven and earth as witnesses against you 1 today that you will surely and swiftly be removed 2 from the very land you are about to cross the Jordan to possess. You will not last long there because you will surely be 3 annihilated.
They said to him, “We promise! 1 We will only take you prisoner and hand you over to them. We promise not to kill you.” They tied him up with two brand new ropes and led him up from the cliff.
We will come against him wherever he happens to be found. We will descend on him like the dew falls on the ground. Neither he nor any of the men who are with him will be spared alive – not one of them!
To this very day they observe their earlier practices. They do not worship 1 the Lord; they do not obey the rules, regulations, law, and commandments that the Lord gave 2 the descendants of Jacob, whom he renamed Israel.
For the Lord will rise up, as he did at Mount Perazim, 1 he will rouse himself, as he did in the Valley of Gibeon, 2 to accomplish his work, his peculiar work, to perform his task, his strange task. 3
For the land is full of people unfaithful to him. 1 They live wicked lives and they misuse their power. 2 So the land is dried up 3 because it is under his curse. 4 The pastures in the wilderness are withered.
“For the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, ‘Do not let the prophets or those among you who claim to be able to predict the future by divination 2 deceive you. And do not pay any attention to the dreams that you are encouraging them to dream.
ס (Samek) All who passed by on the road clapped their hands to mock you. 1 They sneered and shook their heads at Daughter Jerusalem. “Ha! Is this the city they called 2 ‘The perfection of beauty, 3 the source of joy of the whole earth!’?” 4
So see here, I have stretched out my hand against you and cut off your rations. I have delivered you into the power of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed by your obscene conduct.
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
“Her sister Oholibah watched this, 1 but she became more corrupt in her lust than her sister had been, and her acts of prostitution were more numerous than those of her sister.
What good 1 is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? 2 What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles? 3 Why would its creator place his trust in it 4 and make 5 such mute, worthless things?