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
He said through them, 1 ‘Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and stop doing the evil things you are doing. 2 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live here in the land that I gave to you and your ancestors as a lasting possession. 3
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.’”
‘If you will just stay 1 in this land, I will build you up. I will not tear you down. I will firmly plant you. 2 I will not uproot you. For I am filled with sorrow because of the disaster that I have brought on you.
“‘I the Lord have spoken; judgment 1 is coming and I will act! I will not relent, or show pity, or be sorry! 2 I will judge you 3 according to your conduct 4 and your deeds, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
Will I deliver them from the power of Sheol? No, I will not! 1 Will I redeem them from death? No, I will not! O Death, bring on your plagues! 2 O Sheol, bring on your destruction! 3 My eyes will not show any compassion! 4
Why 1 should the Egyptians say, 2 ‘For evil 3 he led them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy 4 them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger, and relent 5 of this evil against your people.
When the angel 1 extended his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented from his judgment. 2 He told the angel who was killing the people, “That’s enough! Stop now!” 3 (Now the Lord’s angel was near the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.)
God sent an angel 1 to ravage 2 Jerusalem. As he was doing so, 3 the Lord watched 4 and relented from 5 his judgment. 6 He told the angel who was destroying, “That’s enough! 7 Stop now!” 8 Now the Lord’s angel was standing near the threshing floor of Ornan 9 the Jebusite.
When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, he gave this message to Shemaiah: 1 “They have humbled themselves, so I will not destroy them. I will deliver them soon. 2 My anger will not be unleashed against 3 Jerusalem through 4 Shishak.
The Annals of the Prophets include his prayer, give an account of how the Lord responded to it, record all his sins and unfaithful acts, and identify the sites where he built high places and erected Asherah poles and idols before he humbled himself. 1
But if you repent 1 and obey 2 my commandments and do them, then even if your dispersed people are in the most remote location, 3 I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen for my name to reside.’
For this is what the high and exalted one says, the one who rules 1 forever, whose name is holy: “I dwell in an exalted and holy place, but also with the discouraged and humiliated, 2 in order to cheer up the humiliated and to encourage the discouraged. 3
King Hezekiah and all the people of Judah did not put him to death, did they? Did not Hezekiah show reverence for the Lord and seek the Lord’s favor? 1 Did not 2 the Lord forgo destroying them 3 as he threatened he would? But we are on the verge of bringing great disaster on ourselves.” 4
How can I give you up, 1 O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart! 2 All my tender compassions are aroused! 3
Let the priests, those who serve the Lord, weep from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 1 Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people; please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked, to become a proverb 2 among the nations. Why should it be said 3 among the peoples, “Where is their God?”