1 If thou wilt
return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou
wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt
thou not remove.
2 And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment,
and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves
in him, and in him shall they glory.
3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem,
Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins
of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem:
lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench
it, because of the evil of your doings.
5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow
ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble
yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.
6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will
bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of
the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place
to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste,
without an inhabitant.
8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the
fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us.
9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the LORD, that
the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes;
and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall
10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived
this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas
the sword reacheth unto the soul.
11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem,
A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter
of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,
12 Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now
also will I give sentence against them.
13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall
be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto
us! for we are spoiled.
14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou
mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within
15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction
from mount Ephraim.
16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem,
that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice
against the cities of Judah.
17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about;
because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.
18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee;
this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth
unto thine heart.
19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart
maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast
heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land
is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in
21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of
22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are
sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are
wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void;
and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the
hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of
the heavens were fled.
26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and
all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the
LORD, and by his fierce anger.
27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate;
yet will I not make a full end.
28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be
black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will
not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and
bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks:
every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou
clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with
ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting,
in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise
thee, they will seek thy life.
31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the
anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice
of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth
her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because
1 Run ye to and
fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know,
and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man,
if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth;
and I will pardon it.
2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
3 O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken
them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but
they have refused to receive correction: they have made their
faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish:
for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their
5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them;
for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of
their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a
wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch
over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be
torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their
backslidings are increased.
7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken
me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them
to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves
by troops in the harlots' houses.
8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed
after his neighbour's wife.
9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall
not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full
end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD's.
11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt
very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.
12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither
shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:
13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in
them: thus shall it be done unto them.
14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak
this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and
this people wood, and it shall devour them.
15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel,
saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation,
a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest
what they say.
16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty
17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which
thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy
flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy
fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein
thou trustedst, with the sword.
18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make
a full end with you.
19 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth
the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer
them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in
your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not
20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah,
21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding;
which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my
presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea
by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the
waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though
they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart;
they are revolted and gone.
24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD
our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in
his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the
25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins
have withholden good things from you.
26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait,
as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit:
therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds
of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless,
yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall
not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule
by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will
ye do in the end thereof?
1 O ye children
of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem,
and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in
Beth-haccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great
2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate
3 The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they
shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shall
feed every one in his place.
4 Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon.
Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the
evening are stretched out.
5 Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.
6 For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and
cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be visited;
she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.
7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her
wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually
is grief and wounds.
8 Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from
thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.
9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the
remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer
into the baskets.
10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?
behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken:
behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have
no delight in it.
11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with
holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and
upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband
with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full
12 And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their
fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon
the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.
13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them
every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even
unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people
slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay,
they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore
they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit
them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask
for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will
not walk therein.
17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound
of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what
is among them.
19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people,
even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened
unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and
the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are
not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
21 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks
before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall
fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.
22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north
country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of
23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and
have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride
upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter
24 We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish
hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the
sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.
26 O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow
thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only son, most
bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon
27 I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people,
that thou mayest know and try their way.
28 They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they
are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.
29 The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire;
the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked
30 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath