But may the Lord prevent me from extending my hand against the Lord’s chosen one! Now take the spear by Saul’s head and the jug of water, and let’s get out of here!”
You will be broken, 1 O nations; you will be shattered! 2 Pay attention, all you distant lands of the earth! Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered! Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered! 3
The Lord who commands armies is about to beat them 1 with a whip, similar to the way he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb. 2 He will use his staff against the sea, lifting it up as he did in Egypt. 3
Then you will think to yourself, 1 ‘Who bore these children for me? I was bereaved and barren, dismissed and divorced. 2 Who raised these children? Look, I was left all alone; where did these children come from?’”
As a matter of fact, 1 even your own brothers and the members of your own family have betrayed you too. Even they have plotted to do away with you. 2 So do not trust them even when they say kind things 3 to you.
Cries of anguish raised from Heshbon and Elealeh will be sounded as far as Jahaz. 1 They will be sounded from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah. For even the waters of Nimrim will be dried up.
“Sharpen 1 your arrows! Fill your quivers! 2 The Lord will arouse a spirit of hostility in 3 the kings of Media. 4 For he intends to destroy Babylonia. For that is how the Lord will get his revenge – how he will get his revenge for the Babylonians’ destruction of his temple. 5
Give the signal to attack Babylon’s wall! 1 Bring more guards! 2 Post them all around the city! 3 Put men in ambush! 4 For the Lord will do what he has planned. He will do what he said he would do to the people of Babylon. 5
He said to me, “Son of man, look up toward 1 the north.” So I looked up toward the north, and I noticed to the north of the altar gate was this statue of jealousy at the entrance.
Therefore prophesy, and tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to open your graves and will raise you from your graves, my people. I will bring you to the land of Israel.
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.