In all your dwellings, the cities will be laid waste and the high places ruined so that your altars will be laid waste and ruined, your idols will be shattered and demolished, your incense altars will be broken down, and your works wiped out. 1
Then, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies should not stay on the crosses on the Sabbath 1 (for that Sabbath was an especially important one), 2 the Jewish leaders 3 asked Pilate to have the victims’ legs 4 broken 5 and the bodies taken down. 6
I will go to the leaders 1 and speak with them. Surely they know what the Lord demands. 2 Surely they know what their God requires of them.” 3 Yet all of them, too, have rejected his authority and refuse to submit to him. 4
They have gone back to the evil ways 1 of their ancestors of old who refused to obey what I told them. They, too, have paid allegiance to 2 other gods and worshiped them. Both the nation of Israel and the nation of Judah 3 have violated the covenant I made with their ancestors.
Here is what the Lord says concerning the false prophets: 2 My heart and my mind are deeply disturbed. I tremble all over. 3 I am like a drunk person, like a person who has had too much wine, 4 because of the way the Lord and his holy word are being mistreated. 5
They will answer, ‘Moab is disgraced, for it has fallen! Wail and cry out in mourning! Announce along the Arnon River that Moab has been destroyed.’
Shortly after his rise to power, 1 his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of the sky 2 – but not to his posterity or with the authority he exercised, for his kingdom will be uprooted and distributed to others besides these.
So the Lord’s word to them will sound like meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. 1 As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, 2 and be injured, ensnared, and captured. 3
Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals! You 1 will see Jerusalem, 2 a peaceful settlement, a tent that stays put; 3 its stakes will never be pulled up; none of its ropes will snap in two.
“Do so because my people have committed a double wrong: they have rejected me, the fountain of life-giving water, 1 and they have dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water.”
But our tents have been destroyed. The ropes that held them in place have been ripped apart. 1 Our children are gone and are not coming back. 2 There is no survivor to put our tents back up, no one left to hang their tent curtains in place.