“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.
“You have surely noticed what these people are saying, haven’t you? They are saying, 1 ‘The Lord has rejected the two families of Israel and Judah 2 that he chose.’ So they have little regard that my people will ever again be a nation. 3
Recently, however, you yourselves 1 showed a change of heart and did what is pleasing to me. You granted your fellow countrymen their freedom and you made a covenant to that effect in my presence in the house that I have claimed for my own. 2
Do not build houses. Do not plant crops. Do not plant a vineyard or own one. 1 Live in tents all your lives. If you do these things you will 2 live a long time in the land that you wander about on.’ 3
eighty men arrived from Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria. 1 They had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes, and cut themselves to show they were mourning. 2 They were carrying grain offerings and incense to present at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. 3
Joy and gladness will disappear from the fruitful land of Moab. 1 I will stop the flow of wine from the winepresses. No one will stomp on the grapes there and shout for joy. 2 The shouts there will be shouts of soldiers, not the shouts of those making wine. 3
Look! Like an eagle with outspread wings, a nation will soar up and swoop down on Bozrah. At that time the soldiers of Edom will be as fearful as a woman in labor.” 1
I will punish the god Bel in Babylon. I will make him spit out what he has swallowed. The nations will not come streaming to him any longer. Indeed, the walls of Babylon will fall.” 1
ח (Khet) Jerusalem committed terrible sin; 1 therefore she became an object of scorn. 2 All who admired 3 her have despised her 4 because they have seen her nakedness. 5 She groans aloud 6 and turns away in shame. 7
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
ט (Tet) Her city gates have fallen 1 to the ground; he smashed to bits 2 the bars that lock her gates. 3 Her king and princes were taken into exile; 4 there is no more guidance available. 5 As for her prophets, they no longer receive 6 a vision from the Lord.
Then she defied my regulations and my statutes, becoming more wicked than the nations 1 and the countries around her. 2 Indeed, they 3 have rejected my regulations, and they do not follow my statutes.
The Lord 1 said to the man dressed in linen, “Go between the wheelwork 2 underneath the cherubim. 3 Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city.” He went as I watched.
Now, while I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I threw myself face down and cried out with a loud voice, “Alas, sovereign Lord! You are completely wiping out the remnant of Israel!” 1
“‘You took your sons and your daughters whom you bore to me and you sacrificed them 1 as food for the idols to eat. As if your prostitution not enough,