1The word of Yahweh came also to me, saying,
2You shall not
take a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters, in this place.
3For thus says Yahweh concerning the sons and concerning the daughters
who are born in this place, and concerning their mothers who bore them, and
concerning their fathers who became the father of them in this land:
4They shall die grievous deaths: they shall not be lamented, neither
shall they be buried; they shall be as dung on the surface of the ground; and
they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their dead bodies
shall be food for the birds of the sky, and for the animals of the earth.
5For thus says Yahweh, Don’t enter into the house of mourning, neither go
to lament, neither bemoan them; for I have taken away my peace from this
people, says Yahweh, even loving kindness and tender mercies.
and small shall die in this land; they shall not be buried, neither shall men
lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them;
7neither shall men break bread for them in mourning, to comfort
them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to
drink for their father or for their mother.
8You shall not go into the
house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and to drink.
9For thus says
Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel: Behold, I will cause to cease out of this
place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of
gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.
shall happen, when you shall show this people all these words, and they shall
tell you, Why has Yahweh pronounced all this great evil against us? or what
is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against Yahweh our
11Then shall you tell them, Because your fathers have forsaken me,
says Yahweh, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have
worshiped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
you have done evil more than your fathers; for, behold, you walk
every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart, so that you don’t
listen to me:
13therefore will I cast you forth out of this land into the
land that you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and
there shall you serve other gods day and night; for I will show you no
14Therefore, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that it shall no
more be said, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of
the land of Egypt;
15but, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children of
Israel from the land of the north, and from all the countries where he had
driven them. I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their
16Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says Yahweh, and they
shall fish them up; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they
shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the
clefts of the rocks.
17For my eyes are on all their ways; they are not
hidden from my face, neither is their iniquity concealed from my eyes.
18First I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double, because
they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable things, and
have filled my inheritance with their abominations.
strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, to you
shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers
have inherited nothing but lies, even vanity and things in which
there is no profit.
20Shall a man make to himself gods, which yet are no
21Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know, this once will I
cause them to know my hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is