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Hear this, you peoples of the earth: 1 ‘Take note! 2 I am about to bring disaster on these people. It will come as punishment for their scheming. 3 For they have paid no attention to what I have said, 4 and they have rejected my law.
I hear my dear people 1 crying out 2 throughout the length and breadth of the land. 3 They are crying, ‘Is the Lord no longer in Zion? Is her divine King 4 no longer there?’” The Lord answers, 5 “Why then do they provoke me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” 6
How long must the land be parched 1 and the grass in every field be withered? How long 2 must the animals and the birds die because of the wickedness of the people who live in this land? 3 For these people boast, “God 4 will not see what happens to us.” 5
The Lord says, 1 ‘You must make sure to obey me. You must not bring any loads through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day. You must set the Sabbath day apart to me. You must not do any work on that day.
They will come back shedding tears of contrition. I will bring them back praying prayers of repentance. 1 I will lead them besides streams of water, along smooth paths where they will never stumble. 2 I will do this because I am Israel’s father; Ephraim 3 is my firstborn son.’”
“Look! Enemies are gathering in the north like water rising in a river. 1 They will be like an overflowing stream. They will overwhelm the whole country and everything in it like a flood. They will overwhelm the cities and their inhabitants. People will cry out in alarm. Everyone living in the country will cry out in pain.
For a nation from the north 1 will attack Babylon. It will lay her land waste. People and animals will flee out of it. No one will inhabit it.’
Shout the battle cry from all around the city. She will throw up her hands in surrender. 1 Her towers 2 will fall. Her walls will be torn down. Because I, the Lord, am wreaking revenge, 3 take out your vengeance on her! Do to her as she has done!
I will destroy Babylonia just like I did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns. No one will live there. 1 No human being will settle in it,” says the Lord. 2
Then say to the people of the land, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says about the inhabitants of Jerusalem and of the land of Israel: They will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water in fright, for their land will be stripped bare of all it contains because of the violence of all who live in it.
“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.
Yet some survivors will be left in it, sons and daughters who will be brought out. They will come out to you, and when you see their behavior and their deeds, you will be consoled about the catastrophe I have brought on Jerusalem – for everything I brought on it.
They will console you when you see their behavior and their deeds, because you will know that it was not without reason that I have done everything which I have done in it, declares the sovereign Lord.”
The sound of a carefree crowd accompanied her, 1 including all kinds of men; 2 even Sabeans 3 were brought from the desert. The sisters 4 put bracelets on their wrists and beautiful crowns on their heads.
“‘Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: Woe to the city of bloodshed, the pot whose rot 1 is in it, whose rot has not been removed 2 from it! Empty it piece by piece. No lot has fallen on it. 3
They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your fathers lived; they will live in it – they and their children and their grandchildren forever. David my servant will be prince over them forever.
In that you were seeing feet and toes 1 partly of wet clay 2 and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. Some of the strength of iron will be in it, for you saw iron mixed with wet clay. 3
Therefore when they all 1 heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, 2 and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations, and language groups began bowing down and paying homage to the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected.
Later Daniel entered (whose name is Belteshazzar after the name of my god, 1 and in whom there is a spirit of the holy gods). I recounted the dream for him as well,
Its foliage was attractive and its fruit plentiful; on it there was food enough for all. Under it the wild animals 1 used to seek shade, and in its branches the birds of the sky used to nest. All creatures 2 used to feed themselves from it.