to establish these days of Purim in their proper times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established, and just as they had established both for themselves and their descendants, matters pertaining to fasting and lamentation.
I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your name, because of your loyal love and faithfulness, for you have exalted your promise above the entire sky. 1
The Lord who commands armies is about to beat them 1 with a whip, similar to the way he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb. 2 He will use his staff against the sea, lifting it up as he did in Egypt. 3
The Lord says, 1 “These people are like soldiers who have readied their bows. Their tongues are always ready to shoot out lies. 2 They have become powerful in the land, but they have not done so by honest means. 3 Indeed, they do one evil thing after another 4 and do not pay attention to me. 5
And you have acted even more wickedly than your ancestors! Each one of you has followed the stubborn inclinations of your own wicked heart and not obeyed me. 1
They continually say 1 to those who reject what the Lord has said, 2 ‘Things will go well for you!’ 3 They say to all those who follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts, ‘Nothing bad will happen to you!’
The Lord says, “I will restore the ruined houses of the descendants of Jacob. I will show compassion on their ruined homes. 1 Every city will be rebuilt on its former ruins. 2 Every fortified dwelling will occupy its traditional site. 3
Now he has brought it about. The Lord has done just as he threatened to do. This disaster has happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him. 1
As silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin are gathered in a furnace so that the fire can melt them, so I will gather you in my anger and in my rage. I will deposit you there 1 and melt you.
He will cover you with the dust kicked up by his many horses. 1 Your walls will shake from the noise of the horsemen, wheels, and chariots when he enters your gates like those who invade through a city’s broken walls. 2
As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will seek out my flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy, dark day. 1
I will increase the number of people and animals on you; they will increase and be fruitful. 1 I will cause you to be inhabited as in ancient times, and will do more good for you than at the beginning of your history. 2 Then you will know that I am the Lord.
“Therefore, I have caused you to be ignored and belittled before all people to the extent to which you are not following after me and are showing partiality in your 1 instruction.”
He said to them, “Elijah does indeed come first, and restores all things. And why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be despised?
But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 1 is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 2 the river burst against that house, 3 it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!” 4