I will punish those people who have violated their covenant with me. I will make them like the calf they cut in two and passed between its pieces. 1 I will do so because they did not keep the terms of the covenant they made in my presence. 2
“Go 1 and tell Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, ‘The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, “I will carry out against this city what I promised. It will mean disaster and not good fortune for it. 2 When that disaster happens, you will be there to see it. 3
But you, son of man, do not fear them, and do not fear their words – even though briers 1 and thorns 2 surround you and you live among scorpions – do not fear their words and do not be terrified of the looks they give you, 3 for they are a rebellious house!
Say, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: “‘Look, I am against you, 1 Sidon, and I will magnify myself in your midst. Then they will know that I am the Lord when I execute judgments on her and reveal my sovereign power 2 in her.
Because they used to minister to them before their idols, and became a sinful obstacle 1 to the house of Israel, consequently I have made a vow 2 concerning them, declares the sovereign Lord, that they will be responsible 3 for their sin.
They will not come near me to serve me as priest, nor will they come near any of my holy things, the things which are most sacred. They will bear the shame of the abominable deeds they have committed.
Later Daniel entered (whose name is Belteshazzar after the name of my god, 1 and in whom there is a spirit of the holy gods). I recounted the dream for him as well,
And immediately the man 1 stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Large numbers 1 of those who had practiced magic 2 collected their books 3 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 4 When 5 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 6
We were encouraged 1 not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement 2 you gave 3 him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, 4 your deep concern 5 for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever.
For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, 1 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep.