Are they ashamed because they have done such shameful things? No, they are not at all ashamed. They do not even know how to blush! So they will die, just like others have died. 1 They will be brought to ruin when I punish them,” says the Lord.
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle to attack you, Daughter Zion.’” 1
Are they ashamed because they have done such disgusting things? No, they are not at all ashamed! They do not even know how to blush! So they will die just like others have died. 1 They will be brought to ruin when I punish them, says the Lord.
If I go out into the countryside, I see those who have been killed in battle. If I go into the city, I see those who are sick because of starvation. 1 For both prophet and priest go about their own business in the land without having any real understanding.’” 2
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 sounds of battle 1 will resound to the ends of the earth. For the Lord will bring charges against the nations. 2 He will pass judgment on all humankind and will hand the wicked over to be killed in war.’ 3 The Lord so affirms it! 4
Those who have been killed by the Lord at that time will be scattered from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned over, gathered up, or buried. 1 Their dead bodies will lie scattered over the ground like manure.
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle, they are coming against you, fair Babylon! 1
A third of your people will die of plague or be overcome by the famine within you. 1 A third of your people will fall by the sword surrounding you, 2 and a third I will scatter to the winds. I will unleash a sword behind them.
Old men, young men, young women, little children, and women – wipe them out! But do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary!” So they began with the elders who were at the front of the temple.
Cry out and moan, son of man, for it is wielded against my people; against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered up to the sword, along with my people. Therefore, strike your thigh. 1
I will break the bar 1 on the gate of Damascus. I will remove 2 the ruler 3 from Wicked Valley, 4 the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden. 5 The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.” 6 The Lord has spoken!
They were singing a new song: 1 “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because you were killed, 2 and at the cost of your own blood 3 you have purchased 4 for God persons 5 from every tribe, language, 6 people, and nation.
Otherwise the people of the land 1 from which you brought us will say, “The Lord was unable to bring them to the land he promised them, and because of his hatred for them he has brought them out to kill them in the desert.” 2
(The Danites failed to conquer their territory, 1 so they went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. They put the sword to it, took possession of it, and lived in it. They renamed it 2 Dan after their ancestor. 3 )
then they said to him, “Say ‘Shibboleth!’” 1 If he said, “Sibboleth” (and could not pronounce the word 2 correctly), they grabbed him and executed him right there at the fords of the Jordan. On that day forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell dead.
So David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem, 1 “Come on! 2 Let’s escape! 3 Otherwise no one will be delivered from Absalom! Go immediately, or else he will quickly overtake us and bring 4 disaster on us and kill the city’s residents with the sword.” 5
When he finished offering the burnt sacrifice, Jehu ordered the royal guard 1 and officers, “Come in and strike them down! Don’t let any escape!” So the royal guard and officers struck them down with the sword and left their bodies lying there. 2 Then they entered the inner sanctuary of the temple of Baal. 3
So Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram and sister of Ahaziah, took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked 1 him away from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. 2 So he was hidden from Athaliah and escaped execution. 3
So they marched against Baal Perazim and David defeated them there. David said, “Using me as his instrument, 1 God has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So that place is called Baal Perazim. 2