Should I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers and give them to these men? I don’t even know where they came from!”
The Lord will attack Israel, making it like a reed that sways in the water. 1 He will remove Israel from this good land he gave to their ancestors 2 and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, 3 because they angered the Lord by making Asherah poles. 4
A blacksmith works with his tool 1 and forges metal over the coals. He forms it 2 with hammers; he makes it with his strong arm. He gets hungry and loses his energy; 3 he drinks no water and gets tired.
They will not be hungry or thirsty; the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, 1 for one who has compassion on them will guide them; he will lead them to springs of water.
So then I, the Lord who rules over all, 1 have something to say concerning the prophets of Jerusalem: 2 ‘I will make these prophets eat the bitter food of suffering and drink the poison water of judgment. 3 For the prophets of Jerusalem are the reason 4 that ungodliness 5 has spread throughout the land.’”
When the man went out toward the east with a measuring line in his hand, he measured 1,750 feet, 1 and then he led me through water, which was ankle deep.
He issued a proclamation and said, 1 “In Nineveh, by the decree of the king and his nobles: No human or animal, cattle or sheep, is to taste anything; they must not eat and they must not drink water.
He declared 1 in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has arrived, and worship the one who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!”
Moses and Aaron did so, 1 just as the Lord had commanded. Moses raised 2 the staff 3 and struck the water that was in the Nile right before the eyes 4 of Pharaoh and his servants, 5 and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. 6
He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him 1 a tree. 2 When Moses 3 threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord 4 made for them 5 a binding ordinance, 6 and there he tested 7 them.
Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple. I noticed 1 that water was flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from under the right side of the temple, from south of the altar.