While I was still speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and presenting my request before the LORD my God concerning his holy mountain 1 –
Israel was a fertile vine that yielded fruit. As his fruit multiplied, he multiplied altars to Baal. 1 As his land prospered, they adorned the fertility pillars.
On that day 1 the mountains will drip with sweet wine, 2 and the hills will flow with milk. 3 All the dry stream beds 4 of Judah will flow with water. A spring will flow out from the temple 5 of the Lord, watering the Valley of Acacia Trees. 6
“Be sure of this, 1 the time is 2 coming,” says the Lord, “when the plowman will catch up to the reaper 3 and the one who stomps the grapes 4 will overtake 5 the planter. 6 Juice will run down the slopes, 7 it will flow down all the hillsides. 8
They will rule 1 the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod 2 with a drawn sword. 3 Our king 4 will rescue us from the Assyrians should they attempt to invade our land and try to set foot in our territory.
Indeed, they made their heart as hard as diamond, 1 so that they could not obey the Torah and the other words the Lord who rules over all had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore, the Lord who rules over all had poured out great wrath.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
For the sun rises with its heat and dries up the meadow; the petal of the flower falls off and its beauty is lost forever. 1 So also the rich person in the midst of his pursuits will wither away.
Now 1 this is what the horses and their riders 2 looked like in my 3 vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 4 dark blue, 5 and sulfurous 6 yellow in color. 7 The 8 heads of the horses looked like lions’ heads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 9 came out of their mouths.
because his judgments are true and just. 1 For he has judged 2 the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality, and has avenged the blood of his servants 3 poured out by her own hands!” 4
His servants transported his dead body 1 from Megiddo in a chariot and brought it to Jerusalem, where they buried him in his tomb. The people of the land took Josiah’s son Jehoahaz, poured olive oil on his head, 2 and made him king in his father’s place.
So the Lord God of Israel has this to say about the leaders who are ruling over his people: “You have caused my people 1 to be dispersed and driven into exile. You have not taken care of them. So I will punish you for the evil that you have done. 2 I, the Lord, affirm it! 3
But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. 1 For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, 2 how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many!