When you present your sacrifices 1 – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek me, 2 O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek me! 3
They will attack 1 you with weapons, 2 chariots, wagons, and with a huge army; 3 they will array themselves against you on every side with large shields, small shields, and helmets. I will assign them the task of judgment; 4 they will punish you according to their laws.
“Son of man, King Nebuchadrezzar 1 of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre. 2 Every head was rubbed bald and every shoulder rubbed bare; yet he and his army received no wages from Tyre for the work he carried out against it.
Which of the trees of Eden was like you in majesty and loftiness? You will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword! This is what will happen to Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
“All the leaders of the north are there, along with all the Sidonians; despite their might they have gone down in shameful terror with the dead. They lie uncircumcised with those killed by the sword, and bear their shame with those who descend to the pit.
Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior 1 and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! 2 Why should you die, O house of Israel?’
As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, my sheep have become prey and have become food for all the wild beasts. There was no shepherd, and my shepherds did not search for my flock, but fed themselves and did not feed my sheep,
therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: Surely I have spoken in the fire of my zeal against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who with great joy and utter contempt have made my land their property and prey, because of its pasture.’
Sheba and Dedan and the traders of Tarshish with all its young warriors 1 will say to you, “Have you come to loot? Have you assembled your armies to plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to haul away a great amount of spoils?”’
“As for you, son of man, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Tell every kind of bird and every wild beast: ‘Assemble and come! Gather from all around to my slaughter 1 which I am going to make for you, a great slaughter on the mountains of Israel! You will eat flesh and drink blood.
“These are the names of the tribes: From the northern end beside the road of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan (which is on the border of Damascus, toward the north beside Hamath), extending from the east side to the west, Dan will have one portion.
But he 1 responded to Daniel, “I fear my master the king. He is the one who has decided 2 your food and drink. What would happen if he saw that you looked malnourished in comparison to the other young men your age? 3 If that happened, 4 you would endanger my life 5 with the king!”
Then Daniel went in to see 1 Arioch (whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon). He came 2 and said to him, “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon! Escort me 3 to the king, and I will disclose the interpretation to him!” 4
You saw that a stone was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands; it smashed the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold into pieces. The great God has made known to the king what will occur in the future. 1 The dream is certain, and its interpretation is reliable.”
Once the satraps, prefects, governors, and ministers of the king had gathered around, they saw that those men were physically 1 unharmed by the fire. 2 The hair of their heads was not singed, nor were their trousers damaged. Not even the smell of fire was to be found on them!
“This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its 1 interpretation, for none of the wise men in 2 my kingdom are able to make known to me the interpretation. But you can do so, for a spirit of the holy gods is in you.”
There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 1 insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 2 of the gods. 3 King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 4
However, I have heard 1 that you are able to provide interpretations and to decipher knotty problems. Now if you are able to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, you will wear purple and have a golden collar around your neck and be third 2 ruler in the kingdom.”
Then I heard a holy one 1 speaking. Another holy one said to the one who was speaking, “To what period of time does the vision pertain – this vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the destructive act of rebellion and the giving over of both the sanctuary and army to be trampled?”
O Lord, according to all your justice, 1 please turn your raging anger 2 away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. For due to our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors, Jerusalem and your people are mocked by all our neighbors.