Therefore the LORD's anger burns against His people. He raised His hand against them and struck them; the mountains quaked, and their corpses were like garbage in the streets. In all this, His anger is not removed, and His hand is still raised [to strike].
He raises a signal flag for the distant nations and whistles for them from the ends of the earth. Look-- how quickly and swiftly they come!
None of them grows weary or stumbles; no one slumbers or sleeps. No belt is loose, and no sandal strap broken.
Their arrows are sharpened, and all their bows strung. Their horses' hooves are like flint; their [chariot] wheels are like a whirlwind.
Their roaring is like a lion's; they roar like young lions; they growl and seize their prey and carry [it] off, and no one can rescue [it].
On that day they will roar over it, like the roaring of the sea. When one looks at the land, there will be darkness and distress; light will be obscured by clouds.
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger-- the staff in their hands is My wrath.
I will send him against a godless nation; I will command him [to go] against a people destined for My rage, to take spoils, to plunder, and to trample them down like clay in the streets.
Today he will stand at Nob, shaking his fist at the mountain of Daughter Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
In the evening-- sudden terror! Before morning-- it is gone! This is the fate of those who plunder us and the lot of those who ravage us.
Look, the LORD is stripping the earth bare and making it desolate. He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants:
people and priest alike, servant and master, female servant and mistress, buyer and seller, lender and borrower, creditor and debtor.
The earth will be stripped completely bare and will be totally plundered, for the LORD has spoken this message.
The earth mourns and withers; the world wastes away and withers; the exalted people of the earth waste away.
The earth is polluted by its inhabitants, for they have transgressed teachings, overstepped decrees, and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse has consumed the earth, and its inhabitants have become guilty; the earth's inhabitants have been burned, and only a few survive.
The new wine mourns; the vine withers. All the carousers now groan.
The joyful tambourines have ceased. The noise of the jubilant has stopped. The joyful lyre has ceased.
They no longer sing and drink wine; beer is bitter to those who drink it.
The city of chaos is shattered; every house is closed to entry.
In the streets they cry for wine. All joy grows dark; earth's rejoicing goes into exile.
Only desolation remains in the city; its gate has collapsed in ruins.
Listen! Their warriors cry loudly in the streets; the messengers of peace weep bitterly.
The highways are deserted; travel has ceased. An agreement has been broken, and cities despised. and human life disregarded.
The land mourns and withers; Lebanon is ashamed and decayed. Sharon is like a desert; Bashan and Carmel shake off [their] leaves.
Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the scribe, and Joah son of Asaph, the record keeper, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and they reported to him the words of the Rabshakeh.
They said to him, "Hezekiah says: 'Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, [as] when children come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them.
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: I am about to hand this city over to the Chaldeans, to Babylon's king Nebuchadnezzar, and he will capture it.
The Chaldeans who are going to fight against this city will come, set this city on fire, and burn it along with the houses where incense has been burned to Baal on their rooftops and where drink offerings have been poured out to other gods to provoke Me to anger.
From their youth, the Israelites and Judeans have done nothing but what is evil in My sight! They have done nothing but provoke Me to anger by the work of their hands"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration--
"for this city has been up against My wrath and fury from the day it was built until now. I will therefore remove it from My presence,
because of all the evil the Israelites and Judeans have done to provoke Me to anger-- they, their kings, their officials, their priests, and their prophets, the men of Judah, and the residents of Jerusalem.
When he saw them, Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers fled. They left the city at night by way of the king's garden through the gate between the two walls. They left along the route to the Arabah.
However, the Chaldean army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho, arrested him, and brought him to Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon's king, at Riblah in the land of Hamath. The king passed sentence on him [there].
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The LORD's sword is covered with blood. It drips with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah, a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
So I have poured out My indignation on them and consumed them with the fire of My fury. I have brought their actions down on their own heads." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
Now speak a parable to the rebellious house. Tell them: This is what the Lord God says: Put the pot on [the fire]-- put [it] on, and then pour water into it!
Place the pieces of meat in it, every good piece-- thigh and shoulder. Fill it with choice bones.
Take the choicest of the flock and also pile up the fuel under it. Bring it to a boil and cook the bones in it."
Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: Woe to the city of bloodshed, the pot that has rust inside it, and whose rust will not come off! Empty it piece by piece; lots should not be cast for its contents.
For the blood she shed is in her midst. She put it out on the bare rock; she didn't pour it on the ground to cover it with dust.
In order to stir up wrath and take vengeance, I have put her blood on the bare rock, so that it would not be covered.
Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: Woe to the city of bloodshed! I Myself will make the pile of kindling large.
Pile on the logs and kindle the fire! Cook the meat well and mix in the spices! Let the bones be burned!
Set the empty pot on its coals so that it becomes hot and its copper glows. Then its impurity will melt inside it; its rust will be consumed.
It has frustrated every effort; its thick rust will not come off. Into the fire with its rust!
Because of the indecency of your uncleanness-- since I tried to purify you, but you would not be purified from your uncleanness-- you will not be pure again until I have satisfied My wrath on you.
"Son of man, this is what the Lord God says: Tell every kind of bird and all the wild animals: Assemble and come! Gather from all around to My sacrificial feast that I am slaughtering for you, a great feast on the mountains of Israel; you will eat flesh and drink blood.
Be silent in the presence of the Lord God, for the Day of the LORD is near. Indeed, the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated His guests.
On the day of the LORD's sacrifice I will punish the officials, the king's sons, and all who are dressed in foreign clothing.
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out in a loud voice, saying to all the birds flying in mid-heaven, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
so that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of commanders, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of their riders, and the flesh of everyone, both free and slave, small and great."