1 Then Jehovah said to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My soul could
not be inclined toward this people. Send them out of My sight, and let them go out.
2 And it shall come to pass that if they say to you, Where shall we go? Then you shall
tell them, Thus says Jehovah: Those who are for death, to death; and those for the sword,
to the sword; and those for the famine, to the famine; and those for the captivity, to the
3 And I will set over them four kinds, says Jehovah; the sword to kill, and the dogs to
drag, and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
4 And I will make them a horror to all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the
son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
5 For who shall have pity on you, O Jerusalem? Or who shall bemoan you? Or who shall
turn aside to ask after your welfare?
6 You have forsaken Me, says Jehovah; you have gone backward; therefore I will stretch
out My hand against you, and destroy you; I am weary with sorrow.
7 And I will winnow them with a pitch fork in the gates of the land; I will bereave them
of children; I will destroy My people, since they have not turned back from their ways.
8 Their widows are more numerous around Me than the sand of the seas; I have brought
on them, against a mother of a young man, a plunderer at noonday; I have caused anguish
and terror to fall suddenly upon the city.
9 She who bore seven languishes; she has breathed out her life; her sun has gone down
while it was yet day. She has been ashamed and confounded; and I will deliver the rest of
them to the sword before their enemies, says Jehovah.
10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and a man of
contention to the whole earth! I have neither loaned with usury, nor have men loaned to
me; yet every one curses me.
11 Jehovah said, Truly I will not free you for good. Truly I will cause the enemy to
entreat you in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
12 Can anyone break iron, iron or bronze from the north?
13 Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoils without price, because of all
your sins, even in all your borders.
14 And I will make you pass over with your enemies into a land which you do not know.
For a fire has been kindled in My anger, which shall burn against you.
15 O Jehovah, You know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on
those who persecute me. In Your long-suffering do not take me away; know that for
Your sake I have suffered rebuke.
16 Your Words were found, and I ate them; and Your Word was to me the joy and
rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Jehovah the God of Hosts.
17 I did not sit in the council of the mockers, nor rejoice; I sat alone because of Your
hand; for You have filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain been continual, and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
You surely are to me like deceitful waters that cannot be trusted.
19 Therefore thus says Jehovah, If you turn back, then I will bring you back again; you
shall stand before Me. And if you take the precious out from the vile, you shall be as My
mouth. Let them turn back to you, but do not return to them.
20 And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; 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 Jehovah.
21 And I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the
grip of the terrible.