(2:1) 1 However, 2 in the future the number of the people 3 of Israel will be like the sand of the sea which can be neither measured nor numbered. Although 4 it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it will be said to them, “You are 5 children 6 of the living God!”
They will not pour out drink offerings of wine to the Lord; they will not please him with their sacrifices. Their sacrifices will be like bread eaten while in mourning; all those who eat them will make themselves ritually unclean. For their bread will be only to satisfy their appetite; it will not come into the temple of the Lord.
Even though he flourishes like a reed plant, 1 a scorching east wind will come, a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert. As a result, his spring will dry up; 2 his well will become dry. That wind 3 will spoil all his delightful foods in the containers in his storehouse.
“I sent against you a plague like one of the Egyptian plagues. 1 I killed your young men with the sword, along with the horses you had captured. I made the stench from the corpses 2 rise up into your nostrils. Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
The descendants of Jacob will be a fire, and the descendants of Joseph a flame. The descendants of Esau will be like stubble. They will burn them up and devour them. There will not be a single survivor 1 of the descendants of Esau!” Indeed, the Lord has spoken it.
The best of them is like a thorn; the most godly among them are more dangerous than a row of thorn bushes. 1 The day you try to avoid by posting watchmen – your appointed time of punishment – is on the way, 2 and then you will experience confusion. 3
The Lord is slow to anger 1 but great in power; 2 the Lord will certainly not 3 allow the wicked 4 to go unpunished.He marches out 5 in the whirlwind and the raging storm; dark storm clouds billow like dust 6 under his feet. 7
On that day,’ 1 says the Lord who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ 2 says the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, 3 for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” 4
For the household gods 1 have spoken wickedness, the soothsayers have seen a lie, and as for the dreamers, they have disclosed emptiness and give comfort in vain. Therefore the people set out like sheep and become scattered because they have no shepherd. 2
On that day 1 I will make the leaders of Judah like an igniter 2 among sticks and a burning torch among sheaves, and they will burn up all the surrounding nations right and left. Then the people of Jerusalem will settle once more in their place, the city of Jerusalem.
“I will pour out on the kingship 1 of David and the population of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication so that they will look to me, 2 the one they have pierced. They will lament for him as one laments for an only son, and there will be a bitter cry for him like the bitter cry for a firstborn. 3
All the land will change and become like the Arabah 1 from Geba to Rimmon, 2 south of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem will be raised up and will stay in its own place from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate 3 and on to the Corner Gate, 4 and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 5
(3:19) 1 “For indeed the day 2 is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch.
Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me, 1 people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, 2 my anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”
Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter. I did not know they were making plans to kill me. 1 I did not know they were saying, 2 “Let’s destroy the tree along with its fruit! 3 Let’s remove Jeremiah 4 from the world of the living so people will not even be reminded of him any more.” 5
But now, Jeremiah, today I will set you free 1 from the chains on your wrists. If you would like to come to Babylon with me, come along and I will take care of you. 2 But if you prefer not to come to Babylon with me, you are not required to do so. 3 You are free to go anywhere in the land you want to go. 4 Go wherever you choose.” 5
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan 1 scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. 2 So too I will chase the Edomites off their land. 3 Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. 4 For there is no one like me, and there is no one who can call me to account. 5 There is no 6 ruler 7 who can stand up against me.
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. So too I will chase the Babylonians off of their land. Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. For there is no one like me. There is no one who can call me to account. There is no ruler that can stand up against me.