That is what will result from your making me angry by what you are doing. 1 You are making me angry by sacrificing to other gods here in the land of Egypt where you live. You will be destroyed for doing that! You will become an example used in curses 2 and an object of ridicule among all the nations of the earth. 3
For I solemnly swear,” 1 says the Lord, “that Bozrah 2 will become a pile of ruins. It will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example to be used in curses. 3 All the towns around it will lie in ruins forever.”
While they are watching, raise your baggage onto your shoulder and carry it out in the dark. 1 You must cover your face so that you cannot see the ground 2 because I have made you an object lesson 3 to the house of Israel.”
Say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Realize I am about to desecrate my sanctuary – the source of your confident pride, 1 the object in which your eyes delight, 2 and your life’s passion. 3 Your very own sons and daughters whom you have left behind will die 4 by the sword.
“And you, son of man, this is what will happen on the day I take 1 from them their stronghold – their beautiful source of joy, the object in which their eyes delight, and the main concern of their lives, 2 as well as their sons and daughters: 3
therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the sovereign Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, the ravines and valleys, and to the desolate ruins and the abandoned cities that have become prey and an object of derision to the rest of the nations round about –
For 1 the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, ‘If you go to Egypt, I will pour out my wrath on you just as I poured out my anger and wrath on the citizens of Jerusalem. 3 You will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example of those who have been cursed and that people use in pronouncing a curse. 4 You will never see this place again.’ 5
I will see to it that all the Judean remnant that was determined to go 1 and live in the land of Egypt will be destroyed. Here in the land of Egypt they will fall in battle 2 or perish from starvation. People of every class 3 will die in war or from starvation. They will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example of those who have been cursed and that people use in pronouncing a curse. 4