1Then said Yahweh to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me,
yet my mind would not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and
let them go forth.
2It shall happen, when they tell you, Where shall we
go forth? then you shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh: Such as are for death,
to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for
the famine, to the famine; and such as are for captivity, to captivity.
3I will appoint over them four kinds, says Yahweh: the sword to kill, and
the dogs to tear, and the birds of the sky, and the animals of the earth, to
devour and to destroy.
4I will cause them to be tossed back and forth
among all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of
Hezekiah, king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.
will have pity on you, Jerusalem? or who will bemoan you? or who will turn
aside to ask of your welfare?
6You have rejected me, says Yahweh, you are
gone backward: therefore have I stretched out my hand against you, and
destroyed you; I am weary with repenting.
7I have winnowed them with a
fan in the gates of the land; I have bereaved them of children, I
have destroyed my people; they didn’t return from their ways.
widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas; I have brought on them
against the mother of the young men a destroyer at noonday: I have caused
anguish and terrors to fall on her suddenly.
9She who has borne seven
languishes; she has given up the spirit; her sun is gone down while it was
yet day; she has been disappointed and confounded: and the residue of them
will I deliver to the sword before their enemies, says Yahweh.
me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention
to the whole earth! I have not lent, neither have men lent to me; yet
everyone of them does curse me.
11Yahweh said, Most assuredly I will
strengthen you for good; most assuredly I will cause the enemy to make
supplication to you in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
12Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and brass?
substance and your treasures will I give for a spoil without price, and that
for all your sins, even in all your borders.
14I will make them
to pass with your enemies into a land which you don’t know; for a fire is
kindled in my anger, which shall burn on you.
15Yahweh, you know;
remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; don’t take me
away in your longsuffering: know that for your sake I have suffered reproach.
16Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy
and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, Yahweh, God of
17I didn’t sit in the assembly of those who make merry, nor
rejoiced; I sat alone because of your hand; for you have filled me with
18Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which
refuses to be healed? will you indeed be to me as a deceitful brook,
as waters that fail?
19Therefore thus says Yahweh, If you return, then
will I bring you again, that you may stand before me; and if you take forth
the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: they shall return to
you, but you shall not return to them.
20I will make you to this people a
fortified brazen wall; and they shall fight against you, but they shall not
prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and to deliver you, says
21I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will
redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.