Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over Israel's young men and has no compassion on its fatherless and widows, for everyone is a godless evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. In all this, His anger is not removed, and His hand is still raised [to strike].
The land of Judah will terrify Egypt; whenever Judah is mentioned, Egypt will tremble because of what the LORD of Hosts has planned against it.
The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service-- yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship [consists of] man-made rules learned [by rote]--
They are a rebellious people, deceptive children, children who do not obey the LORD's instruction.
They say to the seers, "Do not see," and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy the truth to us. Tell us flattering things. Prophesy illusions.
Get out of the way! Leave the pathway. Rid us of the Holy One of Israel."
The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling seizes the ungodly: "Who among us can dwell with a consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with ever-burning flames?"
Yet in spite of all this, her treacherous sister Judah didn't return to Me with all her heart-- only in pretense." [This is] the LORD's declaration.
Wash the evil from your heart, Jerusalem, so that you will be delivered. How long will you harbor malicious thoughts within you?
Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said:
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For he said: I have done [this] by my own strength and wisdom, for I am clever. I abolished the borders of nations and plundered their treasures; like a mighty warrior, I subjugated the inhabitants.
My hand has reached out, as if into a nest, to seize the wealth of the nations. Like one gathering abandoned eggs, I gathered the whole earth. No wing fluttered; no beak opened or chirped.
Have you not heard? I designed it long ago; I planned it in days gone by. I have now brought it to pass, and you have crushed fortified cities into piles of rubble.
Their inhabitants have become powerless, dismayed, and ashamed. They are plants of the field, tender grass, grass on the rooftops, blasted by the east wind.
"I have raised up one from the north, and he has come, one from the east who invokes My name. He will march over rulers as if they were mud, like a potter who treads the clay.
The LORD says this to Cyrus, His anointed, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him, to unloose the loins of kings, to open the doors before him and the gates will not be shut:
"I will go before you and level the uneven places; I will shatter the bronze doors and cut the iron bars in two.
I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches from secret places, so that you may know that I, the LORD, the God of Israel call you by your name.
I call you by your name, because of Jacob My servant and Israel My chosen one. I give a name to you, though you do not know Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God but Me. I will strengthen you, though you do not know Me,
I am going to send for all the families of the north'-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- 'and [send for] My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will bring them against this land, against its residents, and against all these surrounding nations, and I will completely destroy them and make them a desolation, a derision, and ruins forever.
I am about to give the command"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "and I will bring them back to this city. They will fight against it, capture it, and burn it down. I will make Judah's cities a desolation, without inhabitant."
Ah, sword of the LORD! How long will you be restless? Go back to your scabbard; be still; be silent!
How can it rest when the LORD has given it a command? He has assigned it against Ashkelon and the shore of the sea.
For the Lord God of Hosts had a day of tumult, trampling, and bewilderment in the Valley of Vision-- people shouting and crying to the mountains;
I trampled the winepress alone, and no one from the nations was with Me. I trampled them in My anger and ground them underfoot in My fury; their blood spattered My garments, and all My clothes were stained.
I crushed nations in My anger; I made them drunk with My wrath and poured out their blood on the ground.
I pulverize them like dust of the earth; I crush them and trample them like mud in the streets.
Then my enemy will see, and she will be covered with shame, the one who said to me, "Where is the LORD your God?" My eyes will look at her in triumph; at that time she will be trampled like mud in the streets.
they will be like warriors in battle trampling down the mud of the streets. They will fight because the LORD is with them, and they will put horsemen to shame.