Warn the nations: Look! Proclaim to Jerusalem: Those who besiege are coming from a distant land; they raise their voices against the cities of Judah.
They have her surrounded like those who guard a field, because she has rebelled against Me. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
And you devastated one, what are you doing that you dress yourself in scarlet, that you adorn yourself with gold jewelry, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? You beautify yourself for nothing. Your lovers reject you; they want to take your life.
I hear a cry like a woman in labor, [a cry of] anguish like one bearing her first child. The cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands: Woe is me, for my life is weary because of the murderers!
They are coming from a far land, from the distant horizon-- the LORD and the weapons of His wrath-- to destroy the whole country.
Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and asked him, "What did these men say? The men who came to you-- where were they from?" Hezekiah replied, "They came to me from a distant country, from Babylon."
Have You completely rejected Judah? Do You detest Zion? Why do You strike us with no hope of healing for us? We hoped for peace, but there was nothing good; for a time of healing, but there was only terror.
For there will be a day when watchmen will call out in the hill country of Ephraim: Get up, let's go up to Zion, to the LORD our God!
May the LORD be praised from Zion; He dwells in Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is among you in [His] greatness."
"Wake up, wake up; put on your strength, Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, Jerusalem, the Holy City! For the uncircumcised and the unclean will no longer enter you.
Then everyone who calls on the name of Yahweh will be saved, for there will be an escape for those on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, as the LORD promised, among the survivors the LORD calls.
I will pardon their bloodguilt, [which] I have not pardoned, for the LORD dwells in Zion.
But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion, and it will be holy; the house of Jacob will dispossess those who dispossessed them.
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: "The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says:
The LORD reigns forever; Zion, your God [reigns] for all generations. Hallelujah!
Let Israel celebrate its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. He will save us.
Why have these people turned away? Why is Jerusalem always turning away? They take hold of deceit; they refuse to return.
I have paid careful attention. They do not speak what is right. No one regrets his evil, asking: What have I done? Everyone has stayed his course like a horse rushing into battle.
They provoked His jealousy with foreign gods; they enraged Him with detestable practices.
They sacrificed to demons, not God, to gods they had not known, new gods that had just arrived, which your fathers did not fear.
You ignored the Rock who gave you birth; you forgot the God who brought you forth.
When the LORD saw [this], He despised [them], provoked [to anger] by His sons and daughters.
He said: "I will hide My face from them; I will see what will become of them, for they are a perverse generation-- unfaithful children.
They have provoked My jealousy with [their] so-called gods; they have enraged Me with their worthless idols. So I will provoke their jealousy with an inferior people; I will enrage them with a foolish nation.
Oh-- sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the LORD; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs [on Him].