Then let this clothing and this horse be given to one of the king’s noble officials. Let him 1 then clothe the man whom the king wishes to honor, and let him lead him about through the plaza of the city on the horse, calling 2 before him, ‘So shall it be done to the man whom the king wishes to honor!’”
Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; 1 shout out, you subterranean regions 2 of the earth. O mountains, give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! 3 For the Lord protects 4 Jacob; he reveals his splendor through Israel. 5
I said, 1 “I will weep and mourn 2 for the grasslands on the mountains, 3 I will sing a mournful song for the pastures in the wilderness because they are so scorched no one travels through them. The sound of livestock is no longer heard there. Even the birds in the sky and the wild animals in the fields have fled and are gone.”
“Then, Jeremiah, 1 make the following prophecy 2 against them: ‘Like a lion about to attack, 3 the Lord will roar from the heights of heaven; from his holy dwelling on high he will roar loudly. He will roar mightily against his land. 4 He will shout in triumph like those stomping juice from the grapes 5 against all those who live on the earth.
Indeed, the people of Israel are my dear children. They are the children I take delight in. 1 For even though I must often rebuke them, I still remember them with fondness. So I am deeply moved with pity for them 2 and will surely have compassion on them. I, the Lord, affirm it! 3
So I, the Lord, the God who rules over all, the God of Israel, say: 1 “I will soon bring on Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem all the disaster that I threatened to bring on them. I will do this because I spoke to them but they did not listen. I called out to them but they did not answer.”’”
“Raise up battle flags throughout the lands. Sound the trumpets calling the nations to do battle. Prepare the nations to do battle against Babylonia. 1 Call for these kingdoms to attack her: Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. 2 Appoint a commander to lead the attack. 3 Send horses 4 against her like a swarm of locusts. 5
“Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you have brought up 1 your own guilt by uncovering your transgressions and revealing your sins through all your actions, for this reason you will be taken by force. 2
The time of judgment 1 is about to arrive! 2 The time of retribution 3 is imminent! 4 Let Israel know! 5 The prophet is considered a fool 6 – the inspired man 7 is viewed as a madman 8 – because of the multitude of your sins and your intense 9 animosity.
Even now they persist in sin! 1 They make metal images for themselves, idols that they skillfully fashion 2 from their own silver; all of them are nothing but the work of craftsmen! There is a saying about them: 3 “Those who sacrifice 4 to the calf idol are calf kissers!” 5
Get dressed 1 and lament, you priests! Wail, you who minister at the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you servants of my God, because no one brings grain offerings or drink offerings to the temple of your God anymore. 2
Flocks and herds 1 will lie down in the middle of it, as well as every kind of wild animal. 2 Owls 3 will sleep in the tops of its support pillars; they will hoot through the windows. 4 Rubble will cover the thresholds; 5 even the cedar work 6 will be exposed to the elements. 7
So Samson’s bride cried on his shoulder 1 and said, “You must 2 hate me; you do not love me! You told the young men 3 a riddle, but you have not told me the solution.” He said to her, “Look, I have not even told my father or mother. Do you really expect me to tell you?” 4