On the first day of the first month they began consecrating; by the eighth day of the month they reached the porch of the Lord’s temple. 1 For eight more days they consecrated the Lord’s temple. On the sixteenth day of the first month they were finished.
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.
Throughout each and every province where the king’s edict and law were announced 1 there was considerable 2 mourning among the Jews, along with fasting, weeping, and sorrow. 3 Sackcloth and ashes were characteristic 4 of many.
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.
Whoever pronounces a blessing in the earth 1 will do so in the name of the faithful God; 2 whoever makes an oath in the earth will do so in the name of the faithful God. 3 For past problems will be forgotten; I will no longer think about them. 4
‘The defenders of the city will go out and fight with the Babylonians. 1 But they will only fill those houses and buildings with the dead bodies of the people that I will kill in my anger and my wrath. 2 That will happen because I have decided to turn my back on 3 this city on account of the wicked things they have done. 4
Go ahead and 1 charge into battle, you horsemen! Drive furiously, you charioteers! Let the soldiers march out into battle, those from Ethiopia and Libya who carry shields, and those from Lydia 2 who are armed with the bow. 3
But I will strip everything away from Esau’s descendants. I will uncover their hiding places so they cannot hide. Their children, relatives, and neighbors will all be destroyed. Not one of them will be left!
The Lord says, 1 “Flee quickly, you who live in Hazor. 2 Take up refuge in remote places. 3 For King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has laid out plans to attack you. He has formed his strategy on how to defeat you.” 4
Her prophets coat their messages with whitewash. 1 They see false visions and announce lying omens for them, saying, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says,’ when the Lord has not spoken.
The nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile due to their iniquity, 1 for they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies; all of them died by the sword.