At that time the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, called for weeping and mourning, for shaved heads and sackcloth. 1
The Lord who commands armies planned it – to dishonor the pride that comes from all her beauty, 1 to humiliate all the dignitaries of the earth.
The full moon will be covered up, 1 the bright sun 2 will be darkened; 3 for the Lord who commands armies will rule 4 on Mount Zion in Jerusalem 5 in the presence of his assembly, in majestic splendor. 6
So now, do not mock, or your chains will become heavier! For I have heard a message about decreed destruction, from the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, against the entire land. 1
Judgment will come from the Lord who commands armies, 1 accompanied by thunder, earthquake, and a loud noise, by a strong gale, a windstorm, and a consuming flame of fire.
For the Lord, our ruler, the Lord, our commander, the Lord, our king – he will deliver us.
The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is your source of confidence? 1
Furthermore it was by the command of the Lord that I marched up against this land to destroy it. The Lord told me, ‘March up against this land and destroy it!’”’” 1
The chief adviser then stood there and called out loudly in the Judahite dialect, 1 “Listen to the message of the great king, the king of Assyria.
When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning. 1
“For a remnant will leave Jerusalem; survivors will come out of Mount Zion. The intense devotion of the Lord who commands armies 1 will accomplish this.
This is what the Lord, Israel’s king, says, their protector, 1 the Lord who commands armies: “I am the first and I am the last, there is no God but me.
Pick up millstones and grind flour! Remove your veil, strip off your skirt, expose your legs, cross the streams!
I am the Lord your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves surge. The Lord who commands armies is his name!
In light of all this, 1 how can you still hold back, Lord? How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?
“At that time the people of Judah and Jerusalem 1 will be told, ‘A scorching wind will sweep down from the hilltops in the desert on 2 my dear people. 3 It will not be a gentle breeze for winnowing the grain and blowing away the chaff. 4