Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is!
You and your people
Pack your bags for exile, you inhabitants of poor dear Egypt.
The earth will tremble and writhe in agony.
I will turn the land into a desolate ruin; her confident pride will come to an end. The mountains of Israel will be so desolate no one will pass through them.
Everyone who sees you will turn away from you in disgust; they will say, ‘Nineveh has been devastated! Who will lament for her?’ There will be no one to comfort you!”
Those who live by the sea, the people who came from Crete,
You also do this: You cover the altar of the Lord with tears
When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger
But if the man does not want to marry his brother’s widow, then she
Why does no one challenge me when I come? Why does no one respond when I call?
So, watch out!”
Tell them the Lord who rules over all says,
How dare you claim the Lord’s authority to prophesy such things! How dare you claim his authority to prophesy that this temple will become like Shiloh and that this city will become an uninhabited ruin!”
“I, the Lord who rules over all, say:
For I, the Lord, affirm that
Finally the Lord could no longer endure your wicked deeds and the disgusting things you did. That is why your land has become the desolate, uninhabited ruin that it is today. That is why it has become a proverbial example used in curses.
As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, my sheep have become prey and have become food for all the wild beasts. There was no shepherd, and my shepherds did not search for my flock, but fed themselves and did not feed my sheep,