So I said, 1 “Oh, my dear people, 2 put on sackcloth and roll in ashes. Mourn with painful sobs as though you had lost your only child. For any moment now 3 that destructive army 4 will come against us.”
For though I, the Lord who rules over all, 1 planted you in the land, 2 I now decree that disaster will come on you 3 because the nations of Israel and Judah have done evil and have made me angry by offering sacrifices to the god Baal.” 4
I will make you as strong as a wall to these people, a fortified wall of bronze. They will attack you, but they will not be able to overcome you. For I will be with you to rescue you and deliver you,” 1 says the Lord.
The Lord says, “Enroll this man in the register as though he were childless. 1 Enroll him as a man who will not enjoy success during his lifetime. For none of his sons will succeed in occupying the throne of David or ever succeed in ruling over Judah.”
For they have not paid attention to what I said to them through my servants the prophets whom I sent to them over and over again,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘And you exiles 3 have not paid any attention to them either,’ says the Lord. 4
All your allies have abandoned you. 1 They no longer have any concern for you. For I have attacked you like an enemy would. I have chastened you cruelly. For your wickedness is so great and your sin is so much. 2
“I, the Lord who rules over all, say: 1 ‘This place will indeed lie in ruins. There will be no people or animals in it. But there will again be in it and in its towns sheepfolds where shepherds can rest their sheep.
None of the Judean remnant who have come to live in the land of Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah. Though they long to return and live there, none of them shall return except a few fugitives.’” 1
ת (Tav) As if it were a feast day, you call 1 enemies 2 to terrify me 3 on every side. 4 On the day of the Lord’s anger no one escaped or survived. My enemy has finished off those healthy infants whom I bore 5 and raised. 6
In the middle 1 of the living beings was something like 2 burning coals of fire 3 or like torches. It moved back and forth among the living beings. It was bright, and lightning was flashing out of the fire.
This is because you have disheartened the righteous person with lies (although I have not grieved him), and because you have encouraged the wicked person not to turn from his evil conduct and preserve his life.
When you built your chamber at the head of every street and put up your pavilion in every public square, you were not like a prostitute, because you scoffed at payment. 1
Then you will remember your conduct, and be ashamed when you receive your older and younger sisters. I will give them to you as daughters, but not on account of my covenant with you.
“Her sister Oholibah watched this, 1 but she became more corrupt in her lust than her sister had been, and her acts of prostitution were more numerous than those of her sister.
Indeed, I terrified him in the land of the living, yet he will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with those killed by the sword, Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.”
You will eat, but not be satisfied. Even if you have the strength 1 to overtake some prey, 2 you will not be able to carry it away; 3 if you do happen to carry away something, I will deliver it over to the sword.