But be happy and rejoice forevermore over what I am about to create! For look, I am ready to create Jerusalem 1 to be a source of joy, 2 and her people to be a source of happiness. 3
“They even sent for men from far away; when the messenger arrived, those men set out. 1 For them you bathed, 2 painted your eyes, and decorated yourself with jewelry.
“But surely I gave 1 you no food to eat in any of your cities; you lacked food everywhere you live. 2 Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
People from 1 two or three cities staggered into one city to get 2 water, but remained thirsty. 3 Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
“I destroyed your crops 1 with blight and disease. Locusts kept 2 devouring your orchards, 3 vineyards, fig trees, and olive trees. Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
“I overthrew some of you the way God 1 overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 2 You were like a burning stick 3 snatched from the flames. Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
You are my witnesses,” says the Lord, “my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may consider 1 and believe in me, and understand that I am he. No god was formed before me, and none will outlive me. 2
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
“I sent against you a plague like one of the Egyptian plagues. 1 I killed your young men with the sword, along with the horses you had captured. I made the stench from the corpses 2 rise up into your nostrils. Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!