Only the prince may sit in it to eat a sacrificial meal 1 before the Lord; he will enter by way of the porch of the gate and will go out by the same way.”
Fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to En-eglaim they will spread nets. They will catch many kinds of fish, like the fish of the Great Sea. 1
whose foliage was attractive and its fruit plentiful, and from which there was food available for all, under whose branches wild animals 1 used to live, and in whose branches birds of the sky used to nest –
Look! 1 Even if 2 they flee from the destruction, Egypt will take hold 3 of them, and Memphis will bury them. The weeds will inherit the silver they treasure 4 – thorn bushes will occupy their homes. 5
Even if they were to hide on the top of Mount Carmel, I would hunt them down and take them from there. Even if they tried to hide from me 1 at the bottom of the sea, from there 2 I would command the Sea Serpent 3 to bite them.
Therefore night will fall, and you will receive no visions; 1 it will grow dark, and you will no longer be able to read the omens. 2 The sun will set on these prophets, and the daylight will turn to darkness over their heads. 3
The shields of his warriors are dyed red; 1 the mighty soldiers are dressed in scarlet garments. 2 The metal fittings 3 of the chariots 4 shine like 5 fire 6 on the day of battle; 7 the soldiers brandish 8 their spears. 9
Your courtiers 1 are like locusts, your officials 2 are like a swarm of locusts! They encamp in the walls on a cold day, yet when the sun rises, they 3 fly away; 4 and no one knows where they 5 are. 6
The one who says to wood, ‘Wake up!’ is as good as dead 1 – he who says 2 to speechless stone, ‘Awake!’ Can it give reliable guidance? 3 It is overlaid with gold and silver; it has no life’s breath inside it.
Seek the Lord’s favor, 1 all you humble people 2 of the land who have obeyed his commands! 3 Strive to do what is right! 4 Strive to be humble! 5 Maybe you will be protected 6 on the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.
The Lord who rules over all will guard them, and they will prevail and overcome with sling stones. Then they will drink, and will become noisy like drunkards, 1 full like the sacrificial basin or like the corners of the altar. 2
On that day the Lord himself will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the weakest among them will be like mighty David, and the dynasty of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them. 1
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.