On that day I will punish all who skip over the threshold, who fill their master's house with violence and deceit.
Then I said, "Until when, Lord?" And He replied: Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants, houses are without people, the land is ruined and desolate,
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.
A lion has gone up from his thicket; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his lair to make your land a waste. Your cities will be reduced to uninhabited ruins.
Disaster after disaster is reported, for the whole land is destroyed. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, my tent curtains, in a moment.
They will consume your harvest and your food. They will consume your sons and your daughters. They will consume your flocks and your herds. They will consume your vines and your fig trees. They will destroy with the sword your fortified cities in which you trust.
I will make Jerusalem a heap of rubble, a jackals' den. I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, an uninhabited place.
For a sound of lamentation is heard from Zion: How devastated we are. We are greatly ashamed, for we have abandoned the land; our dwellings have been torn down.
Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard; they have trampled My plot of land. They have turned My desirable plot into a desolate wasteland.
They have made it a desolation. It mourns, desolate, before Me. All the land is desolate, but no one takes it to heart.
Over all the barren heights in the wilderness the destroyers have come, for the LORD has a sword that devours from one end of the earth to the other. No one has peace.
They have sown wheat but harvested thorns. They have exhausted themselves but have no profit. Be put to shame by your harvests because of the LORD's burning anger.
They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will seem like something filthy. Their silver and gold will be unable to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. They will not satisfy their appetites or fill their stomachs, for these were the stumbling blocks that brought about their iniquity.
I will hand these things over to foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil, and they will profane them.
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.
Therefore, because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become ruins, and the hill of the temple mount will be a thicket.
You will become engaged to a woman, but another man will rape her. You will build a house but not live in it. You will plant a vineyard but not enjoy its fruit.
You will plant and cultivate vineyards but not drink the wine or gather [the grapes], because worms will eat them.
They will eat the offspring of your livestock and your soil's produce until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine, oil, young of your herds, or newborn of your flocks until they cause you to perish.
Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field until there is no more room and you alone are left in the land.
In my hearing the LORD of Hosts [has taken an oath]: Indeed, many houses will become desolate, grand and lovely ones without inhabitants.
People will build houses and live [in them]; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They will not build and others live [in them]; they will not plant and others eat. For My people's lives will be like the lifetime of a tree. My chosen ones will fully enjoy the work of their hands.
Therefore, because you trample on the poor and exact a grain tax from him, you will never live in the houses of cut stone you have built; you will never drink the wine from the lush vineyards you have planted.
You will sow but not reap; you will press olives but not anoint yourself with oil; and [you will tread] grapes but not drink the wine.