ח (Khet) The Lord was determined to tear down Daughter Zion’s wall. He prepared to knock it down; 1 he did not withdraw his hand from destroying. 2 He made the ramparts and fortified walls lament; together they mourned their ruin. 3
I will break down the wall you coated with whitewash and knock it to the ground so that its foundation is exposed. When it falls you will be destroyed beneath it, 1 and you will know that I am the Lord.
By the swords of the mighty warriors I will cause your hordes to fall – all of them are the most terrifying among the nations. They will devastate the pride of Egypt, and all its hordes will be destroyed.
His power will be great, but it will not be by his strength alone. He will cause terrible destruction. 1 He will be successful in what he undertakes. 2 He will destroy powerful people and the people of the holy ones. 3
You should not have entered the city 1 of my people when they experienced distress. 2 You should not have joined 3 in gloating over their misfortune when they suffered distress. 4 You should not have looted 5 their wealth when they endured distress. 6
Then 1 they came to Jerusalem. 2 Jesus 3 entered the temple area 4 and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple courts. 5 He turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves,
Now 1 the dragon’s 2 tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 3 the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born.
But Joash said to all those who confronted him, 1 “Must you fight Baal’s battles? 2 Must you rescue him? Whoever takes up his cause 3 will die by morning! 4 If he really is a god, let him fight his own battles! 5 After all, it was his altar that was pulled down.” 6
So Joab visited 1 the king at his home. He said, “Today you have embarrassed all your servants who have saved your life this day, as well as the lives of your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your concubines.
When the old prophet who had invited him to his house heard the news, 1 he said, “It is the prophet 2 who rebelled against the Lord. 3 The Lord delivered him over to the lion and it ripped him up 4 and killed him, just as the Lord warned him.” 5
He eliminated the high places, smashed the sacred pillars to bits, and cut down the Asherah pole. 1 He also demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for up to that time 2 the Israelites had been offering incense to it; it was called Nehushtan. 3
So the Lord is furious 1 with his people; he lifts 2 his hand and strikes them. The mountains shake, and corpses lie like manure 3 in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 4
Why does no one challenge me when I come? Why does no one respond when I call? 1 Is my hand too weak 2 to deliver 3 you? Do I lack the power to rescue you? Look, with a mere shout 4 I can dry up the sea; I can turn streams into a desert, so the fish rot away and die from lack of water. 5
When you cry out for help, let your idols 1 help you! The wind blows them all away, 2 a breeze carries them away. 3 But the one who looks to me for help 4 will inherit the land and will have access to 5 my holy mountain.”
ב (Bet) The Lord 1 destroyed 2 mercilessly 3 all the homes of Jacob’s descendants. 4 In his anger he tore down the fortified cities 5 of Daughter Judah. He knocked to the ground and humiliated the kingdom and its rulers. 6
I will give you into their hands and they will destroy your chambers and tear down your pavilions. They will strip you of your clothing and take your beautiful jewelry and leave you naked and bare.
When they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you will reply, ‘Because of the report that has come. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand will be limp; everyone 1 will faint and every knee will be wet with urine.’ 2 Pay attention – it is coming and it will happen, declares the sovereign Lord.”