It will be like a hungry man dreaming that he is eating, only to awaken and find that his stomach is empty. 1 It will be like a thirsty man dreaming that he is drinking, only to awaken and find that he is still weak and his thirst unquenched. 2 So it will be for the horde from all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.
Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. 1 When the Lord your God hears, perhaps he will punish him for the things he has said. 2 So pray for this remnant that remains.’” 3
Hezekiah welcomed 1 them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom. 2
Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! 1 Shout, don’t be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
You are my witnesses,” says the Lord, “my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may consider 1 and believe in me, and understand that I am he. No god was formed before me, and none will outlive me. 2
No one thinks to himself, nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves: ‘I burned half of it in the fire – yes, I baked bread over the coals; I roasted meat and ate it. With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol? Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 1
Why do you forget 1 the Lord, who made you, who stretched out the sky 2 and founded the earth? Why do you constantly tremble all day long 3 at the anger of the oppressor, when he makes plans to destroy? Where is the anger of the oppressor? 4
The Lord swears an oath by his right hand, by his strong arm: 1 “I will never again give your grain to your enemies as food, and foreigners will not drink your wine, which you worked hard to produce.
Never again will one of her infants live just a few days 1 or an old man die before his time. 2 Indeed, no one will die before the age of a hundred, 3 anyone who fails to reach 4 the age of a hundred will be considered cursed.
They did not ask: ‘Where is the Lord who delivered us out of Egypt, who brought us through the wilderness, through a land of desert sands and rift valleys, through a land of drought and deep darkness, 1 through a land in which no one travels, and where no one lives?’ 2
You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness. In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 1 No one can hold her back when she is in heat. None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her. At mating time she is easy to find. 2
In fact, 1 I hear a cry like that of a woman in labor, a cry of anguish like that of a woman giving birth to her first baby. It is the cry of Daughter Zion 2 gasping for breath, reaching out for help, 3 saying, “I am done in! 4 My life is ebbing away before these murderers!”
Lord, I know you look for faithfulness. 1 But even when you punish these people, they feel no remorse. 2 Even when you nearly destroy them, they refuse to be corrected. They have become as hardheaded as a rock. 3 They refuse to change their ways. 4
Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter. I did not know they were making plans to kill me. 1 I did not know they were saying, 2 “Let’s destroy the tree along with its fruit! 3 Let’s remove Jeremiah 4 from the world of the living so people will not even be reminded of him any more.” 5
If they ask you, ‘Where should we go?’ tell them the Lord says this: “Those who are destined to die of disease will go to death by disease. Those who are destined to die in war will go to death in war. Those who are destined to die of starvation will go to death by starvation. Those who are destined to go into exile will go into exile.” 1
“When you tell these people about all this, 1 they will undoubtedly ask you, ‘Why has the Lord threatened us with such great disaster? What wrong have we done? What sin have we done to offend the Lord our God?’
So now, tell the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem 1 this: The Lord says, ‘I am preparing to bring disaster on you! I am making plans to punish you. 2 So, every one of you, stop the evil things you have been doing. 3 Correct the way you have been living and do what is right.’ 4
For the Lord says, ‘I will make both you and your friends terrified of what will happen to you. 1 You will see all of them die by the swords of their enemies. 2 I will hand all the people of Judah over to the king of Babylon. He will carry some of them away into exile in Babylon and he will kill others of them with the sword.
So I, the Lord, affirm that 1 I will send for all the peoples of the north 2 and my servant, 3 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and all the nations that surround it. I will utterly destroy 4 this land, its inhabitants, and all the nations that surround it 5 and make them everlasting ruins. 6 I will make them objects of horror and hissing scorn. 7
I also told the priests and all the people, “The Lord says, ‘Do not listen to what your prophets are saying. They are prophesying to you that 1 the valuable articles taken from the Lord’s temple will be brought back from Babylon very soon. 2 But they are prophesying a lie to you.