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At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A searing wind [blows] from the barren heights in the wilderness on the way to My dear people. [It comes] not to winnow or to sift;
a wind too strong for this comes at My call. Now I will also pronounce judgments against them."
I will send strangers to Babylon who will scatter her and strip her land bare, for they will come against her from every side in the day of disaster.
The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.
You will winnow them and a wind will carry them away, and a gale will scatter them. But you will rejoice in the LORD; you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.
His winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn. But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out."
for Death has climbed through our windows; it has entered our fortresses, cutting off children from the streets, young men from the squares.
Therefore, hand their children over to famine, and pour the sword's power on them. Let their wives become childless and widowed, their husbands slain by deadly disease, their young men struck down by the sword in battle.
Your descendants will be cursed, and your soil's produce, the young of your herds, and the newborn of your flocks.
Your sons and daughters will be given to another people, while your eyes grow weary looking for them every day. But you will be powerless to do anything.
You will father sons and daughters, but they will not remain yours, because they will be taken prisoner.
"You will eat your children, the flesh of your sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you.
The most sensitive and refined man among you will look grudgingly at his brother, the wife he embraces, and the rest of his children,
refusing to share with any of them his children's flesh that he will eat because he has nothing left during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you in all your towns.
The most sensitive and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her refinement and sensitivity, will begrudge the husband she embraces, her son, and her daughter,
Even if they raise children, I will bereave them of each one. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!
I have seen Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a meadow, so Ephraim will bring out his children to the executioner.
Give them, LORD-- What should You give? Give them a womb that miscarries and breasts that are dry!
All their evil appears at Gilgal, for there I came to hate them. I will drive them from My house because of their evil, wicked actions. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.
Ephraim is blighted; their roots are withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs.
My God will reject them because they have not listened to Him; they will become wanderers among the nations.
'Say to the house of Israel: This is what the Lord God says: I am about to desecrate My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the desire of your heart. Also, the sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword.
" 'Son of man, know that on the day I take their stronghold from them, their pride and joy, the delight of their eyes and the longing of their hearts, [as well as] their sons and daughters,
LORD, don't Your eyes [look for] faithfulness? You have struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They made their faces harder than rock, and they refused to return.
You are to say to them: This is what the LORD says: Do [people] fall and not get up again? If they turn away, do they not return?
Why have these people turned away? Why is Jerusalem always turning away? They take hold of deceit; they refuse to return.
The people did not turn to Him who struck them; they did not seek the LORD of Hosts.
I sent plagues like those of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I caused the stench of your camp to fill your nostrils, yet you did not return to Me-- the LORD's declaration.
I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a burning stick snatched from a fire, yet you did not return to Me-- the LORD's declaration.
Therefore, Israel, that is what I will do to you, and since I will do that to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God!
Do not be like your ancestors; the earlier prophets proclaimed to them: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: Turn from your evil ways and your evil deeds. But they did not listen or pay attention to Me"-- the LORD's declaration.