"Son of man, hasn't the house of Israel, that rebellious house, asked you: What are you doing?
Say to them: This is what the Lord God says: This oracle is about the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are living there.
You are to say: I am a sign for you. Just as I have done, so it will be done to them; they will go into exile, into captivity.
Then I said, "Ah, Lord God, they are saying of me: Isn't he [just] posing riddles?"
Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things you are doing mean for us?"
Disaster after disaster will come, and there will be rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction will perish from the priests and counsel from the elders.
this is what the LORD God of Israel says: 'I am about to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that everyone who hears about it will shudder.
When it became known to the house of David that Aram had occupied Ephraim, the heart of Ahaz and the hearts of his people trembled like trees of a forest shaking in a wind.
Every time it passes through, it will carry you away; it will pass through every morning-- every day and every night. Only terror will cause you to understand the message.
This is what the LORD says: Look, an army is coming from a northern land; a great nation will be awakened from the remote regions of the earth.
They grasp bow and javelin. They are cruel and show no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea, and they ride on horses, lined up like men in battle formation against you, Daughter Zion.
We have heard about it, and we are discouraged. Distress has seized us-- pain like a woman in labor.
About Damascus: Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, for they have heard a bad report and are agitated; in the sea there is anxiety that cannot be calmed.
Then the chiefs of Edom will be terrified; trembling will seize the leaders of Moab; the inhabitants of Canaan will panic;
The officers will continue to address the army and say, 'Is there any man who is afraid or fainthearted? Let him leave and return home, so that his brothers' hearts won't melt like his own.'
and said to them, "I know that the LORD has given you this land and that dread of you has fallen on us, and everyone who lives in the land is panicking because of you.
For we have heard how the LORD dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings you completely destroyed across the Jordan.
When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on earth below.
When all the Amorite kings across the Jordan to the west and all the Canaanite kings near the sea heard how the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, they lost heart and their courage failed because of the Israelites.
Then, even a brave man with the heart of a lion will melt because all Israel knows that your father and the valiant men with him are warriors.
Desolation, decimation, devastation! Hearts melt, knees tremble, loins shake, every face grows pale!
Look! You have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.
Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling, and braced the knees that were buckling.
Strengthen the weak hands, steady the shaking knees!
The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands fall helpless. Distress has seized him-- pain, like a woman in labor.
People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the celestial powers will be shaken.
Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,
"I will put anxiety in the hearts of those of you who survive in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a wind-driven leaf will put them to flight, and they will flee as one flees from a sword, and fall though no one is pursuing [them].
Therefore everyone's hands will become weak, and every man's heart will melt.
My joy has flown away; grief has settled on me. My heart is sick.
Because of this, our heart is sick; because of these, our eyes grow dim:
weak as water
All their hands will become weak, and all [their] knees will turn to water.
"Son of man, this is what the Lord God says to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come on the four corners of the land.
The end is now on you; I will send My anger against you and judge you according to your ways. I will punish you for all your abominations.
I will not look on you with pity or spare [you], but I will punish you for your ways and for your abominations within you. Then you will know that I am the LORD."
This is what the Lord God says: Look, one disaster after another is coming!
An end has come; the end has come! It has awakened against you. Look, it is coming!
Doom has come on you, inhabitants of the land. The time has come; the day is near. There will be panic on the mountains and not celebration.
I will pour out My wrath on you very soon; I will exhaust My anger against you and judge you according to your ways. I will punish you for all your abominations.
I will not look on [you] with pity or spare [you]. I will punish you for your ways and for your abominations within you. Then you will know that it is I, the LORD, who strikes.
Look, the day is coming! Doom has gone out. The rod has blossomed; arrogance has bloomed.
Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness; none of them [will remain]: none of their multitude, none of their wealth, and none of the eminent among them.
The time has come; the day has arrived. Let the buyer not rejoice and the seller not mourn, for wrath is on all her multitude.
"Son of man, what is this proverb you [people] have about the land of Israel, which goes: The days keep passing by, and every vision fails?
Therefore say to them: This is what the Lord God says: I will put a stop to this proverb, and they will not use it again in Israel. But say to them: The days draw near, as well as the fulfillment of every vision.
For there will no longer be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.
But I, the LORD, will speak whatever message I will speak, and it will be done. It will no longer be delayed. For in your days, rebellious house, I will speak a message and bring it to pass." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, notice that the house of Israel is saying: The vision that he sees concerns many years [from now]; he prophesies about distant times.
Therefore say to them: This is what the Lord God says: None of My words will be delayed any longer. The message I speak will be fulfilled." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be clear-headed and disciplined for prayer.