I will break the bar 1 on the gate of Damascus. I will remove 2 the ruler 3 from Wicked Valley, 4 the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden. 5 The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.” 6 The Lord has spoken!
The Lord showed me two baskets of figs sitting before his temple. This happened after King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon deported Jehoiakim’s son, King Jeconiah of Judah. He deported him and the leaders of Judah, along with the craftsmen and metal workers, and took them to Babylon. 1
“From its earliest days Moab has lived undisturbed. It has never been taken into exile. Its people are like wine allowed to settle undisturbed on its dregs, never poured out from one jar to another. They are like wine which tastes like it always did, whose aroma has remained unchanged. 1
Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera, who moved them. Gera 1 was the father of Uzzah and Ahihud.
The first to resettle on their property and in their cities were some Israelites, priests, Levites, and temple servants. 1
So all the assembly which had returned from the exile constructed temporary shelters and lived in them. The Israelites had not done so from the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day. Everyone experienced very great joy. 1
The Lord also spoke to him when Jehoiakim son of Josiah ruled over Judah, and he continued to speak to him until the fifth month of the eleventh year 1 that Zedekiah son of Josiah ruled over Judah. That was when the people of Jerusalem 2 were taken into exile. 3
You, Pashhur, and all your household 1 will go into exile in Babylon. You will die there and you will be buried there. The same thing will happen to all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.’” 2
For they have not paid attention to what I said to them through my servants the prophets whom I sent to them over and over again,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘And you exiles 3 have not paid any attention to them either,’ says the Lord. 4
At that time 1 a large 2 trumpet will be blown, and the ones lost 3 in the land of Assyria will come, as well as the refugees in 4 the land of Egypt. They will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem. 5
He will come and attack Egypt. Those who are destined to die of disease will die of disease. Those who are destined to be carried off into exile will be carried off into exile. Those who are destined to die in war will die in war. 1
I will cause enemies to blow through Elam from every direction like the winds blowing in from the four quarters of heaven. I will scatter the people of Elam to the four winds. There will not be any nation where the refugees of Elam will not go. 1
“As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you. 1
So the God of Israel stirred up 1 King Pul of Assyria (that is, King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria), 2 and he carried away the Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manasseh and took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan, where they remain to this very day.