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I will destroy Jerusalem the same way I did Samaria 1 and the dynasty of Ahab. 2 I will wipe Jerusalem clean, just as one wipes a plate on both sides. 3
David looked up and saw the Lord’s messenger standing between the earth and sky with his sword drawn and in his hand, stretched out over Jerusalem. David and the leaders, covered with sackcloth, threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. 1
“Foreigners, who do not belong to your people Israel, will come from a distant land because of your great reputation 1 and your ability to accomplish mighty deeds; 2 they will come and direct their prayers toward this temple.
He has also conferred his favor on me before the king, his advisers, and all the influential leaders of the king. I gained strength as the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leaders from Israel to go up with me.
Although we are slaves, our God has not abandoned us in our servitude. He has extended kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, in that he has revived us 1 to restore the temple of our God and to raise 2 up its ruins and to give us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 3
So the sovereign master was not pleased 1 with their young men, he took no pity 2 on their orphans and widows; for the whole nation was godless 3 and did wicked things, 4 every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. 5 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 6
Manasseh fought against 1 Ephraim, and Ephraim against Manasseh; together they fought against Judah. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 2
Why do you forget 1 the Lord, who made you, who stretched out the sky 2 and founded the earth? Why do you constantly tremble all day long 3 at the anger of the oppressor, when he makes plans to destroy? Where is the anger of the oppressor? 4
For this is what the Lord says: “Look, I am ready to extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river, the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks. 1 You will nurse from her breast 2 and be carried at her side; you will play on her knees.
But they did not listen to me or pay any attention to me! Each one of them followed the stubborn inclinations of his own wicked heart. So I brought on them all the punishments threatened in the covenant because they did not carry out its terms as I commanded them to do.’” 1
“I made the earth and the people and animals on it by my mighty power and great strength, 1 and I give it to whomever I see fit. 2
‘Oh, Lord God, 1 you did indeed 2 make heaven and earth by your mighty power and great strength. 3 Nothing is too hard for you!
“Every seven years each of you must free any fellow Hebrews who have sold themselves to you. After they have served you for six years, you shall set them free.” 1 But your ancestors did not obey me or pay any attention to me.
Then tell them, 1 ‘The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, “I will bring 3 my servant 4 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will set his throne over these stones which I 5 have buried. He will pitch his royal tent 6 over them.
The Lord says, 1 “Beware! I am opposed to you, Babylon! 2 You are like a destructive mountain that destroys all the earth. I will unleash my power against you; 3 I will roll you off the cliffs and make you like a burned-out mountain. 4
“‘As for the prophet, if he is made a fool by being deceived into speaking a prophetic word – I, the Lord, have made a fool of 1 that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and destroy him from among my people Israel.
“Son of man, suppose a country sins against me by being unfaithful, and I stretch out my hand against it, cut off its bread supply, 1 cause famine to come on it, and kill both people and animals.
take note, I have stretched out my hand against you, and I will hand you over as plunder 1 to the nations. I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands. I will destroy you; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So this is what the sovereign Lord says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom, and I will kill the people and animals within her, 1 and I will make her desolate; from Teman to Dedan they will die 2 by the sword.
I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord when I place my sword in the hand of the king of Babylon and he extends it against the land of Egypt.