1 The Word of Jehovah also came unto me, saying,
2 You shall not take a wife for yourself, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this
3 For thus says Jehovah 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 begot them in this land:
4 They shall die from deaths of diseases; they shall not be mourned, nor shall they be
buried. But they shall be as dung on the face of the earth. They shall be destroyed by the
sword and by famine; and their carcasses shall be food for the birds of the heavens and
for the beasts of the earth.
5 For thus says Jehovah, Do not enter into the house of mourning; do not go to weep nor
bemoan them. For I have taken away My peace from this people, says Jehovah, even
lovingkindness and mercies.
6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land. They shall not be buried, nor shall
men mourn for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them.
7 Nor shall anyone break bread for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead.
Nor shall anyone give them the cup of comfort to drink for their father or for their
8 Also you shall not go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink.
9 For thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will cause the voice of
mirth to cease out of this place before your eyes, and in your days, and the voice of
gladness, and the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.
10 And it shall be, when you proclaim to this people all these words, and they shall say
to you, Why has Jehovah pronounced all this great evil against us? Or what is our
iniquity, or what is our sin that we have sinned against Jehovah our God?
11 Then you shall say to them, Because your fathers have forsaken Me, says Jehovah, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have bowed down to them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My Law.
12 And you have done worse than your fathers; for behold, you walk, each one, after the
stubbornness of his evil heart, and do not listen to Me.
13 Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you
nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night; where I will not
grant you favor.
14 Therefore behold, the days are coming, says Jehovah, that it shall no more be said,
As Jehovah lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
15 but rather, As Jehovah lives, who brought up the children of Israel from the land of
the north, and from all the lands where He had driven them. For I will bring them back
into their land that I gave to their fathers.
16 Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says Jehovah, and they will fish for them. And afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
17 For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their
iniquity hidden from My eyes.
18 And first I will repay double their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled
My land, they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and
19 O Jehovah, my strength and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the
nations shall come to You from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers
have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
21 Therefore behold, this once I will make them know; I will cause them to know My
hand and My might; and they shall know that My name is Jehovah.