15 Then the Lord said to me: “Even if Mosesx and Samuely were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people.z Send them away from my presence!a Let them go! 2 And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says:
“ ‘Those destined for death, to death;
those for the sword, to the sword;b
those for starvation, to starvation;c
those for captivity, to captivity.’d
3 “I will send four kinds of destroyerse against them,” declares the Lord, “the swordf to kill and the dogsg to drag away and the birdsh and the wild animals to devour and destroy.i 4 I will make them abhorrentj to all the kingdoms of the earthk because of what Manassehl son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem.
5 “Who will have pitym on you, Jerusalem?
Who will mourn for you?
Who will stop to ask how you are?
6 You have rejectedn me,” declares the Lord.
“You keep on backsliding.
So I will reach outo and destroy you;
I am tired of holding back.p
7 I will winnowq them with a winnowing fork
at the city gates of the land.
for they have not changed their ways.t
8 I will make their widowsu more numerous
than the sand of the sea.
At midday I will bring a destroyerv
against the mothers of their young men;
suddenly I will bring down on them
anguish and terror.w
9 The mother of seven will grow faintx
and breathe her last.y
Her sun will set while it is still day;
she will be disgracedz and humiliated.
I will put the survivors to the sworda
before their enemies,”b
declares the Lord.
10 Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth,c
a man with whom the whole land strives and contends!d
I have neither lente nor borrowed,
yet everyone cursesf me.
“Surely I will deliver youg for a good purpose;
surely I will make your enemies pleadh with you
in times of disaster and times of distress.
iron from the northi—or bronze?
13 “Your wealthj and your treasures
because of all your sins
throughout your country.m
for my anger will kindle a fireo
that will burn against you.”
remember me and care for me.
Avenge me on my persecutors.p
You are long-sufferingq—do not take me away;
think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.r
16 When your words came, I ates them;
they were my joy and my heart’s delight,t
for I bear your name,u
Lord God Almighty.
17 I never satv in the company of revelers,
never made merry with them;
I sat alone because your handw was on me
and you had filled me with indignation.
and my wound grievous and incurable?x
You are to me like a deceptive brook,
like a spring that fails.y
“If you repent, I will restore you
that you may servez me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
you will be my spokesman.a
Let this people turn to you,
but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wallb to this people,
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
but will not overcomec you,
for I am with you
to rescue and save you,”d
declares the Lord.
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