Consider! It is planted, but will it prosper? Will it not wither completely when the east wind blows on it? Will it not wither in the soil where it sprouted?’”
A cheerful heart 1 brings good healing, 2 but a crushed spirit 3 dries up the bones. 4
He will not escape the darkness; 1 a flame will wither his shoots and he will depart by the breath of God’s mouth. 2
Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! May a sword fall on his arm and his right eye! May his arm wither completely away, and his right eye become completely blind!”
“‘Say to them: This is what the sovereign Lord says: “‘Will it prosper? Will he not rip out its roots and cause its fruit to rot 1 and wither? All its foliage 2 will wither. No strong arm or large army will be needed to pull it out by its roots. 3
“I withheld rain from you three months before the harvest. 1 I gave rain to one city, but not to another. One field 2 would get rain, but the field that received no rain dried up.