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2 Raise a bannerj on a bare hilltop,
shout to them;
beckon to them
to enter the gatesk of the nobles.
those who rejoicen in my triumph.
like that of a great multitude!o
Listen, an uproarp among the kingdoms,
like nations massing together!
an army for war.
from the ends of the heavenss—
to destroyv the whole country.
7 Because of this, all hands will go limp,a
every heart will melt with fear.b
8 Terrorc will seize them,
pain and anguish will gripd them;
they will writhe like a woman in labor.e
They will look aghast at each other,
their faces aflame.f
9 See, the dayg of the Lord is coming
to make the land desolate
and destroy the sinners within it.
will not show their light.k
and the moon will not give its light.n
11 I will punisho the world for its evil,
the wickedp for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughtyq
12 I will make peoplet scarcer than pure gold,
more rare than the gold of Ophir.u
13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;v
and the earth will shakew from its place
at the wrathx of the Lord Almighty,
in the day of his burning anger.y
14 Like a huntedz gazelle,
like sheep without a shepherd,a
they will all return to their own people,
16 Their infantsf will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
their houses will be looted and their wives violated.g
who do not care for silver
and have no delight in gold.j
they will have no mercym on infants,
nor will they look with compassion on children.n
will be overthrownr by God
like Sodom and Gomorrah.s
20 She will never be inhabitedt
or lived in through all generations;
there no nomadsu will pitch their tents,
there no shepherds will rest their flocks.
21 But desert creaturesv will lie there,
jackalsw will fill her houses;
there the owlsx will dwell,
and there the wild goatsy will leap about.
jackalsb her luxurious palaces.
Her time is at hand,c
and her days will not be prolonged.d
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