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The Lord says, “The women 1 of Zion are proud. They walk with their heads high 2 and flirt with their eyes. They skip along 3 and the jewelry on their ankles jingles. 4
Syria from the east, and the Philistines from the west, they gobbled up Israelite territory. 1 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 2
to keep the poor from getting fair treatment, and to deprive 1 the oppressed among my people of justice, so they can steal what widows own, and loot what belongs to orphans. 2
You will have no place to go, except to kneel with the prisoners, or to fall among those who have been killed. 1 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 2
The Egyptians are mere humans, not God; their horses are made of flesh, not spirit. The Lord will strike with 1 his hand; the one who helps will stumble and the one being helped will fall. Together they will perish. 2
Owls and wild animals 1 will live there, 2 all kinds of wild birds 3 will settle in it. The Lord 4 will stretch out over her the measuring line of ruin and the plumb line 5 of destruction. 6
Pay attention, Lord, and hear! Open your eyes, Lord, and observe! Listen to this entire message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God! 1
This is what the true God, 1 the Lord, says – the one who created the sky and stretched it out, the one who fashioned the earth and everything that lives on it, 2 the one who gives breath to the people on it, and life to those who live on it: 3
A carpenter takes measurements; 1 he marks out an outline of its form; 2 he scrapes 3 it with chisels, and marks it with a compass. He patterns it after the human form, 4 like a well-built human being, and puts it in a shrine. 5
He feeds on ashes; 1 his deceived mind misleads him. He cannot rescue himself, nor does he say, ‘Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?’ 2
This is what the Lord, your protector, 1 says, the one who formed you in the womb: “I am the Lord, who made everything, who alone stretched out the sky, who fashioned the earth all by myself, 2
I made the earth, I created the people who live 1 on it. It was me – my hands 2 stretched out the sky, 3 I give orders to all the heavenly lights. 4
Pay attention and come to me! Listen, so you can live! 1 Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to 2 you, just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David. 3
They will say, 1 ‘Prepare to do battle 2 against it! Come on! Let’s attack it at noon!’ But later they will say, 3 ‘Oh, oh! Too bad! 4 The day is almost over and the shadows of evening are getting long.
Their houses will be turned over to others as will their fields and their wives. For I will unleash my power 1 against those who live in this land,” says the Lord.
But they did not listen to me or pay any attention to me. They followed the stubborn inclinations of their own wicked hearts. They acted worse and worse instead of better. 1
But our tents have been destroyed. The ropes that held them in place have been ripped apart. 1 Our children are gone and are not coming back. 2 There is no survivor to put our tents back up, no one left to hang their tent curtains in place.
I, the Lord, say: 1 ‘You people have deserted me! You keep turning your back on me.’ 2 So I have unleashed my power against you 3 and have begun to destroy you. 4 I have grown tired of feeling sorry for you!” 5
Your ancestors, 1 however, did not listen to me or pay any attention to me. They stubbornly refused 2 to pay attention or to respond to any discipline.’
Over and over again 1 the Lord has sent 2 his servants the prophets to you. But you have not listened or paid attention. 3