ש (Sin/Shin) The young boys and old men lie dead on the ground in the streets. My young women 1 and my young men have fallen by the sword. You killed them when you were angry; 2 you slaughtered them without mercy. 3
“For this is what the sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send my four terrible judgments – sword, famine, wild animals, and plague – to Jerusalem 1 to kill both people and animals!
Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, 1 I am against 2 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and I will break his arms, the strong arm and the broken one, and I will make the sword drop from his hand.
I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and I will place my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan like the fatally wounded before the king of Babylon. 1
Therefore prophesy, and tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to open your graves and will raise you from your graves, my people. I will bring you to the land of Israel.
They consult their wooden idols, and their diviner’s staff answers with an oracle. The wind of prostitution blows them astray; they commit spiritual adultery 1 against their God.
Will I deliver them from the power of Sheol? No, I will not! 1 Will I redeem them from death? No, I will not! O Death, bring on your plagues! 2 O Sheol, bring on your destruction! 3 My eyes will not show any compassion! 4
Because of Israel’s sins 1 this is what the Lord, the God who commands armies, the sovereign One, 2 says: “In all the squares there will be wailing, in all the streets they will mourn the dead. 3 They will tell the field workers 4 to lament and the professional mourners 5 to wail.
This is what the Lord says: “The prophets who mislead my people are as good as dead. 1 If someone gives them enough to eat, they offer an oracle of peace. 2 But if someone does not give them food, they are ready to declare war on him. 3
“But all these nations will someday taunt him 1 and ridicule him with proverbial sayings: 2 ‘The one who accumulates what does not belong to him is as good as dead 3 (How long will this go on?) 4 – he who gets rich by extortion!’ 5
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.
Ashkelon will see and be afraid; Gaza will be in great anguish, as will Ekron, for her hope will have been dried up. 1 Gaza will lose her king, and Ashkelon will no longer be inhabited.
When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, 1 two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way.
From that time on 1 Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem 2 and suffer 3 many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 4 and be killed, and on the third day be raised.