Her brother Absalom said to her, “Was Amnon your brother with you? Now be quiet, my sister. He is your brother. Don’t take it so seriously!” 1 Tamar, devastated, lived in the house of her brother Absalom.
And you, Zion, city doomed to destruction, 1 you accomplish nothing 2 by wearing a beautiful dress, 3 decking yourself out in jewels of gold, and putting on eye shadow! 4 You are making yourself beautiful for nothing. Your lovers spurn you. They want to kill you. 5
So like a lion from the thicket their enemies will kill them. Like a wolf from the desert they will destroy them. Like a leopard they will lie in wait outside their cities and totally destroy anyone who ventures out. 1 For they have rebelled so much and done so many unfaithful things. 2
In all your dwellings, the cities will be laid waste and the high places ruined so that your altars will be laid waste and ruined, your idols will be shattered and demolished, your incense altars will be broken down, and your works wiped out. 1
Then your survivors will remember me among the nations where they are exiled. They will realize 1 how I was crushed by their unfaithful 2 heart which turned from me and by their eyes which lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves 3 because of the evil they have done and because of all their abominable practices.
After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come to a land restored from the ravages of war, 1 with many peoples gathered on the mountains of Israel that had long been in ruins. Its people 2 were brought out from the peoples, and all of them will be living securely.
Then I heard a holy one 1 speaking. Another holy one said to the one who was speaking, “To what period of time does the vision pertain – this vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the destructive act of rebellion and the giving over of both the sanctuary and army to be trampled?”
How can I give you up, 1 O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart! 2 All my tender compassions are aroused! 3
Even though he flourishes like a reed plant, 1 a scorching east wind will come, a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert. As a result, his spring will dry up; 2 his well will become dry. That wind 3 will spoil all his delightful foods in the containers in his storehouse.
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
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.
All 1 who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not 2 the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging 3 those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners 4 to the chief priests?”