For 1 the Lord had said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I went up among you for a moment, 2 I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments, 3 that I may know 4 what I should do to you.’” 5
Understand today that the Lord your God who goes before you is a devouring fire; he will defeat and subdue them before you. You will dispossess and destroy them quickly just as he 1 has told you.
Therefore you must wait patiently 1 for me,” says the Lord, “for the day when I attack and take plunder. 2 I have decided 3 to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all my raging anger. For 4 the whole earth will be consumed by my fiery anger.
The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to choose 1 me as your king, then come along, find safety under my branches! 2 Otherwise 3 may fire blaze from the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’
Please let the Moabite fugitives live 1 among you. Hide them 2 from the destroyer!” Certainly 3 the one who applies pressure will cease, 4 the destroyer will come to an end, those who trample will disappear 5 from the earth.
When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass 1 through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm 2 you.
Because of that, 1 the Lord, the God who rules over all, 2 said to me, 3 “Because these people have spoken 4 like this, 5 I will make the words that I put in your mouth like fire. And I will make this people like wood which the fiery judgments you speak will burn up.” 6
I will take away their harvests, 1 says the Lord. There will be no grapes on their vines. There will be no figs on their fig trees. Even the leaves on their trees will wither. The crops that I gave them will be taken away.’” 2
I, the Lord, once called 1 you a thriving olive tree, one that produced beautiful fruit. But I will set you 2 on fire, fire that will blaze with a mighty roar. 3 Then all your branches will be good for nothing. 4
How long must the land be parched 1 and the grass in every field be withered? How long 2 must the animals and the birds die because of the wickedness of the people who live in this land? 3 For these people boast, “God 4 will not see what happens to us.” 5
They will die of deadly diseases. No one will mourn for them. They will not be buried. Their dead bodies will lie like manure spread on the ground. They will be killed in war or die of starvation. Their corpses will be food for the birds and wild animals.
“‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: In my rage I will make a violent wind break out. In my anger there will be a deluge of rain and hailstones in destructive fury.
Then you will know that I, the Lord, have heard all the insults you spoke against the mountains of Israel, saying, “They are desolate, they have been given to us for food.”
In the days of those kings the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will not be destroyed and a kingdom that will not be left to another people. It will break in pieces and bring about the demise of all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever.
Israel has forgotten his Maker and built royal palaces, and Judah has built many fortified cities. But I will send fire on their cities; it will consume their royal citadels.
But this will be the nature of the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will decay while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will dissolve in their mouths.