The sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, is certainly ready to carry out the decreed destruction throughout the land. 1
because they will lack bread and water. Each one will be terrified, and they will rot for their iniquity. 1
They consume their alcohol, then engage in cult prostitution; they dearly love their shameful behavior.
I will be like a moth to Ephraim, like wood rot 1 to the house of Judah.
Open your gates, Lebanon, so that the fire may consume your cedars. 1
He, 1 the God who leads you, will expel the nations little by little. You will not be allowed to destroy them all at once lest the wild animals overrun you.
I proceeded through the Valley Gate by night, in the direction of the Well of the Dragons 1 and the Dung Gate, 2 inspecting 3 the walls of Jerusalem that had been breached and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.
“As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards, 1 those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice 2 – they will all be destroyed together,” 3 says the Lord.
Your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a witness against you. It will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have hoarded treasure! 1
So I am ready to bring disaster 1 on the dynasty 2 of Jeroboam. I will cut off every last male belonging to Jeroboam in Israel, including even the weak and incapacitated. 3 I will burn up the dynasty of Jeroboam, just as one burns manure until it is completely consumed. 4
God gives a man riches, property, and wealth so that he lacks nothing that his heart 1 desires, 2 yet God does not enable 3 him to enjoy 4 the fruit of his labor 5 – instead, someone else 6 enjoys 7 it! 8 This is fruitless and a grave misfortune. 9
Therefore, as flaming fire 1 devours straw, and dry grass disintegrates in the flames, so their root will rot, and their flower will blow away like dust. 2 For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies, they have spurned the commands 3 of the Holy One of Israel. 4
and say to the scrub land of the Negev, ‘Hear the word of the Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look here, 1 I am about to start a fire in you, 2 and it will devour every green tree and every dry tree in you. The flaming fire will not be extinguished, and the whole surface of the ground from the Negev to the north will be scorched by it.