“I will punish them in four different ways: I will have war kill them. I will have dogs drag off their dead bodies. I will have birds and wild beasts devour and destroy their corpses. 1
They will die of deadly diseases. No one will mourn for them. They will not be buried. Their dead bodies will lie like manure spread on the ground. They will be killed in war or die of starvation. Their corpses will be food for the birds and wild animals.
In this place I will thwart 1 the plans of the people of Judah and Jerusalem. I will deliver them over to the power of their enemies who are seeking to kill them. They will die by the sword 2 at the hands of their enemies. 3 I will make their dead bodies food for the birds and wild beasts to eat.
The Lord says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel because of all that they have done. 1 That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” 2 says the Lord. 3
א (Alef) Alas! 1 The Lord 2 has covered Daughter Zion 3 with his anger. 4 He has thrown down the splendor of Israel from heaven to earth; he did not protect 5 his temple 6 when he displayed his anger. 7
like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds after the rain. 1 This was the appearance of the surrounding brilliant light; it looked like the glory of the Lord. When I saw 2 it, I threw myself face down, and I heard a voice speaking.
But leave its taproot 1 in the ground, with a band of iron and bronze around it 2 surrounded by the grass of the field. Let it become damp with the dew of the sky, and let it live with 3 the animals in the grass of the land.
The male goat acted even more arrogantly. But no sooner had the large horn become strong than it was broken, and there arose four conspicuous horns 1 in its place, 2 extending toward the four winds of the sky. 3
“At that time 1 I will make a covenant for them with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creatures that crawl on the ground. I will abolish 2 the warrior’s bow and sword – that is, every weapon of warfare 3 – from the land, and I will allow them to live securely.” 4
For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people 1 are without excuse.
Now 1 this is what the horses and their riders 2 looked like in my 3 vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 4 dark blue, 5 and sulfurous 6 yellow in color. 7 The 8 heads of the horses looked like lions’ heads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 9 came out of their mouths.
The Lord God formed 1 out of the ground every living animal of the field and every bird of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would 2 name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
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.)
He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he set up altars for Baal and made an Asherah pole just like King Ahab of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the stars in the sky 1 and worshiped 2 them.