“This is what you must say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those living in the ruins will die 1 by the sword, those in the open field I will give to the wild beasts for food, and those who are in the strongholds and caves will die of disease.
This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand my sheep from their hand. I will no longer let them be shepherds; 1 the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore. I will rescue my sheep from their mouth, so that they will no longer be food for them.
So prophesy and say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Surely because they have made you desolate and crushed you from all directions, so that you have become the property of the rest of the nations, and have become the subject of gossip 1 and slander among the people,
I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and bring you out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them fully armed, a great company with shields of different types, 1 all of them armed with swords.
The man said to me, “Son of man, watch closely, listen carefully, and pay attention 1 to everything I show you, for you have been brought here so that I can show it to you. 2 Tell the house of Israel everything you see.”
When they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple, its pattern, its exits and entrances, and its whole design – all its statutes, its entire design, and all its laws; write it all down in their sight, so that they may observe its entire design and all its statutes and do them.
When you bring foreigners, those uncircumcised in heart and in flesh, into my sanctuary, you desecrate 1 it – even my house – when you offer my food, the fat and the blood. You 2 have broken my covenant by all your abominable practices.
You must allot it as an inheritance among yourselves and for the foreigners who reside among you, who have fathered sons among you. You must treat them as native-born among the people of Israel; they will be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 1
The king called out loudly 1 to summon 2 the astrologers, wise men, and diviners. The king proclaimed 3 to the wise men of Babylon that anyone who could read this inscription and disclose its interpretation would be clothed in purple 4 and have a golden collar 5 placed on his neck and be third ruler in the kingdom.
I have issued an edict that throughout all the dominion of my kingdom people are to revere and fear the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God; he endures forever. His kingdom will not be destroyed; his authority is forever. 1
Now I will tell you the truth.“Three 1 more kings will arise for Persia. Then a fourth 2 king will be unusually rich, 3 more so than all who preceded him. When he has amassed power through his riches, he will stir up everyone against 4 the kingdom of Greece.
“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the streets 1 and your sons and daughters will die violently. 2 Your land will be given to others 3 and you will die in a foreign 4 land. Israel will certainly be carried into exile 5 away from its land.’”
I will turn your festivals into funerals, 1 and all your songs into funeral dirges. I will make everyone wear funeral clothes 2 and cause every head to be shaved bald. 3 I will make you mourn as if you had lost your only son; 4 when it ends it will indeed have been a bitter day. 5
In that day people will sing this taunt song to you – they will mock you with this lament: 1 ‘We are completely destroyed; they sell off 2 the property of my people. How they remove it from me! 3 They assign our fields to the conqueror.’ 4
He will arbitrate 1 between many peoples and settle disputes between many 2 distant nations. 3 They will beat their swords into plowshares, 4 and their spears into pruning hooks. 5 Nations will not use weapons 6 against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.
Twist and strain, 1 Daughter Zion, as if you were in labor! For you will leave the city and live in the open field. You will go to Babylon, but there you will be rescued. There the Lord will deliver 2 you from the power 3 of your enemies.
Edom 1 says, “Though we are devastated, we will once again build the ruined places.” So the Lord who rules over all 2 responds, “They indeed may build, but I will overthrow. They will be known as 3 the land of evil, the people with whom the Lord is permanently displeased.
For from the east to the west my name will be great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered in my name everywhere, for my name will be great among the nations,” 1 says the Lord who rules over all.
“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse 1 so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all.