O ye children of Benjamin, gather54 yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow3 the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up3 a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: 3754 1021 for evil appeareth8 out of the north, and great destruction.
I have likened1 the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate30 [woman].
The shepherds6 with their flocks shall come4 unto her; they shall pitch1 [their] tents against her round about; they shall feed1 every one in his place.
Prepare16 ye war against her; arise,3 and let us go up4 at noon. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away,1 for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.11
Arise,3 and let us go4 by night, and let us destroy55 her palaces.
For thus hath the LORD of hosts said,1 Hew ye down3 trees, and cast3 a mount against Jerusalem: this [is] the city to be visited;90 she [is] wholly oppression in the midst of her.
As a fountain casteth out53 her waters, so she casteth out52 her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard11 in her; before me continually [is] grief and wounds.
Be thou instructed,10 O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart4 from thee; lest I make4 thee desolate, a land not inhabited.8
Thus saith1 the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly23 glean25 the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back54 thine hand as a grapegatherer6 into the baskets.
To whom shall I speak,17 and give warning,55 that they may hear?4 behold, their ear [is] uncircumcised, and they cannot 3201 4 hearken:53 behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight4 in it.
Therefore I am full1 of the fury of the LORD; I am weary8 with holding in:53 I will pour it out2 upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken,11 the aged with [him that is] full of days.
And their houses shall be turned8 unto others, [with their] fields and wives together: for I will stretch out55 my hand upon the inhabitants6 of the land, saith7 the LORD.
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one [is] given6 to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth6 falsely.
They have healed17 also the hurt [of the daughter] of my people slightly,8 saying,2 Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace.
Were they ashamed52 when they had committed1 abomination? nay, they were not at all2 ashamed,4 neither could1 they blush:53 therefore they shall fall4 among them that fall:6 at the time [that] I visit1 them they shall be cast down,11 saith1 the LORD.
Thus saith1 the LORD, Stand3 ye in the ways, and see,3 and ask3 for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk3 therein, and ye shall find3 rest for your souls. But they said,4 We will not walk4 [therein].
Also I set52 watchmen6 over you, [saying], Hearken54 to the sound of the trumpet. But they said,4 We will not hearken.55
Therefore hear,3 ye nations, and know,3 O congregation, what [is] among them.
Hear,3 O earth: behold, I will bring56 evil upon this people, [even] the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened52 unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected4 it.
To what purpose cometh4 there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings [are] not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet1 unto me.
Therefore thus saith1 the LORD, Behold, I will lay6 stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall1 upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.1
Thus saith1 the LORD, Behold, a people cometh6 from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised11 from the sides of the earth.
They shall lay hold55 on bow and spear; they [are] cruel, and have no mercy;17 their voice roareth4 like the sea; and they ride4 upon horses, set in array7 as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.
We have heard1 the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble:1 anguish hath taken hold52 of us, [and] pain, as of a woman in travail.6
Go not forth4 into the field, nor walk4 by the way; for the sword of the enemy6 [and] fear [is] on every side.
O daughter of my people, gird3 [thee] with sackcloth, and wallow100 thyself in ashes: make3 thee mourning, [as for] an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler6 shall suddenly come4 upon us.
I have set1 thee [for] a tower [and] a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know4 and try1 their way.
They [are] all grievous6 revolters,6 walking6 with slanders: [they are] brass and iron; they [are] all corrupters.56
The bellows are burned,8 the lead is consumed1 of the fire; 784 the founder2 melteth1 in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away.8
Reprobate12 silver shall [men] call1 them, because the LORD hath rejected1 them.