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
When I extinguish you, I will cover the sky; I will darken its stars. I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not shine. 1
But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever.
That day will be a day of God’s anger, 1 a day of distress and hardship, a day of devastation and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and dark skies,
The revelation of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: The Lord – he who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth, who forms the human spirit within a person 1 – says,
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain 1 bread from heaven for you, and the people will go out 2 and gather the amount for each day, so that I may test them. 3 Will they will walk in my law 4 or not?
Of course, who can really build a temple for him, since the sky 1 and the highest heavens cannot contain him? Who am I that I should build him a temple! It will really be only a place to offer sacrifices before him. 2
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, 1 along with all their multitude of stars, 2 the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You impart life to them all, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
The one who runs away from the sound of the terror will fall into the pit; 1 the one who climbs out of the pit, will be trapped by the snare. For the floodgates of the heavens 2 are opened up 3 and the foundations of the earth shake.
Look up at the sky! 1 Who created all these heavenly lights? 2 He is the one who leads out their ranks; 3 he calls them all by name. Because of his absolute power and awesome strength, not one of them is missing.
This is what the true God, 1 the Lord, says – the one who created the sky and stretched it out, the one who fashioned the earth and everything that lives on it, 2 the one who gives breath to the people on it, and life to those who live on it: 3
Why do you forget 1 the Lord, who made you, who stretched out the sky 2 and founded the earth? Why do you constantly tremble all day long 3 at the anger of the oppressor, when he makes plans to destroy? Where is the anger of the oppressor? 4
I will leave you in the wilderness, you and all the fish of your waterways; you will fall in the open field and will not be gathered up or collected. 1 I have given you as food to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the skies.