It is as if I have been given fertile fields or received a beautiful tract of land. 1
“How often 1 is the lamp of the wicked extinguished? How often does their 2 misfortune come upon them? How often does God apportion pain 3 to them 4 in his anger?
You may feel as secure as a bird nesting in the cedars of Lebanon. But oh how you 1 will groan 2 when the pains of judgment come on you. They will be like those of a woman giving birth to a baby. 3
They stretch out on clothing seized as collateral; they do so right 1 beside every altar! They drink wine bought with the fines they have levied; they do so right in the temple 2 of their God! 3
What will you say 1 when the Lord 2 appoints as rulers over you those allies that you, yourself, had actually prepared as such? 3 Then anguish and agony will grip you like that of a woman giving birth to a baby. 4
This is what the sovereign Lord says: “Here 1 are the borders 2 you will observe as you allot the land to the twelve tribes of Israel. (Joseph will have two portions.) 3
He defeated the Moabites. He made them lie on the ground and then used a rope to measure them off. He put two-thirds of them to death and spared the other third. 1 The Moabites became David’s subjects and brought tribute. 2
If he regroups in a city, all Israel will take up ropes to that city and drag it down to the valley, so that not a single pebble will be left there!”
So I 1 began to shepherd the flock destined for slaughter, the most afflicted 2 of all the flock. Then I took two staffs, 3 calling one “Pleasantness” 4 and the other “Binders,” 5 and I tended the flock.