2 1I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will
look forth to see what he will speak with me, and what I shall answer
concerning my complaint.
2And Jehovah answered me, and said, Write the
vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.
3For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hasteth toward the
end, and shall not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely
come, it will not delay.
4Behold, his soul is puffed up, it is not
upright in him; but the righteous shall live by his faith.
moreover, wine is treacherous, a haughty man, that keepeth not at home; who
enlargeth his desire as Sheol, and he is as death, and cannot be satisfied,
but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all peoples.
6Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting
proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not
his! how long? and that ladeth himself with pledges!
7Shall they not rise
up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou
shalt be for booty unto them?
8Because thou hast plundered many nations,
all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder thee, because of men's blood,
and for the violence done to the land, to the city and to all that dwell
9Woe to him that getteth an evil gain for his house, that he may
set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand of evil!
10Thou hast devised shame to thy house, by cutting off many peoples, and
hast sinned against thy soul.
11For the stone shall cry out of the wall,
and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
12Woe to him that
buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity!
13Behold, is it not of Jehovah of hosts that the peoples labor for the
fire, and the nations weary themselves for vanity?
14For the earth shall
be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah, as the waters cover the
15Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, to thee that
addest thy venom, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their
16Thou art filled with shame, and not glory: drink thou also,
and be as one uncircumcised; the cup of Jehovah's right hand shall come round
unto thee, and foul shame shall be upon thy glory.
17For the violence
done to Lebanon shall cover thee, and the destruction of the beasts, which
made them afraid; because of men's blood, and for the violence done to the
land, to the city and to all that dwell therein.
18What profiteth the
graven image, that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, even
the teacher of lies, that he that fashioneth its form trusteth therein, to
make dumb idols?
19Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the
dumb stone, Arise! Shall this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and
silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.