in the city
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
Your descendants will be blessed, and your soil's produce, and the offspring of your livestock, including the young of your herds and the newborn of your flocks.
Your basket and kneading bowl will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
"The LORD will cause the enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you. They will march out against you from one direction but flee from you in seven directions.
The LORD will grant you a blessing on your storehouses and on everything you do; He will bless you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
The LORD will establish you as His holy people, as He swore to you, if you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the LORD's name, and they will stand in awe of you.
The LORD will make you prosper abundantly with children, the offspring of your livestock, and your soil's produce in the land the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
The LORD will open for you His abundant storehouse, the sky, to give your land rain in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow.
The LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you will only move upward and never downward if you listen to the LORD your God's commands I am giving you today and are careful to follow [them].
Do not turn aside to the right or the left from all the things I am commanding you today, and do not go after other gods to worship them.
The LORD's curse is on the household of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous;
Therefore a curse has consumed the earth, and its inhabitants have become guilty; the earth's inhabitants have been burned, and only a few survive.
The new wine mourns; the vine withers. All the carousers now groan.
The joyful tambourines have ceased. The noise of the jubilant has stopped. The joyful lyre has ceased.
They no longer sing and drink wine; beer is bitter to those who drink it.
The city of chaos is shattered; every house is closed to entry.
In the streets they cry for wine. All joy grows dark; earth's rejoicing goes into exile.
Only desolation remains in the city; its gate has collapsed in ruins.
So I defiled the officers of the sanctuary, and gave Jacob over to total destruction and Israel to abuse.
I will make Jerusalem a heap of rubble, a jackals' den. I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, an uninhabited place.
I will make this temple like Shiloh. I will make this city an object of cursing for all the nations of the earth."
The LORD can no longer bear your evil deeds and the detestable acts you have committed, so your land has become a waste, a desolation, and an object of cursing, without inhabitant, as [you see] today.
How she sits alone, the city [once] crowded with people! She who was great among the nations has become like a widow. The princess among the provinces has become a slave.
My eyes are worn out from weeping; I am churning within. My heart is poured out in grief because of the destruction of my dear people, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.
They cry out to their mothers: Where is the grain and wine? as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their lives fade away in the arms of their mothers.
What can I say on your behalf? To what can I compare you, Daughter Jerusalem? What can I liken you to, so that I may console you, Virgin Daughter Zion? For your ruin is as vast as the sea. Who can heal you?
Your prophets saw visions for you that were empty and deceptive; they did not reveal your guilt and so restore your fortunes. They saw oracles for you that were empty and misleading.
All who pass by [scornfully] clap their hands at you. They hiss and shake their heads at Daughter Jerusalem: Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?
All your enemies open their mouths against you. They hiss and gnash [their] teeth, saying, "We have swallowed [her] up. This is the day we have waited for! We have lived to see [it]."
The LORD has done what He planned; He has accomplished His decree, which He ordained in days of old. He has demolished without compassion, letting the enemy gloat over you and exalting the horn of your adversaries.
The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. Wall of Daughter Zion, let [your] tears run down like a river day and night. Give yourself no relief and your eyes no rest.
Arise, cry out in the night, from the first watch of the night. Pour out your heart like water before the Lord's presence. Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children who are fainting from hunger on the corner of every street.
LORD, look and consider who You have done this to. Should women eat their own children, the infants they have nurtured? Should priests and prophets be killed in the Lord's sanctuary?
[Both] young and old are lying on the ground in the streets. My young men and women have fallen by the sword. You have killed [them] in the day of Your anger, slaughtering without compassion.
You summoned my attackers on every side, as if [for] an appointed festival day; on the day of the LORD's anger no one escaped or survived. My enemy has destroyed those I nurtured and reared.
How the gold has become tarnished, the fine gold become dull! The stones of the temple lie scattered at the corner of every street.
Zion's precious people-- [once] worth their weight in pure gold-- how they are regarded as clay jars, the work of a potter's hands!
Even jackals offer [their] breasts to nurse their young, but my dear people have become cruel like ostriches in the wilderness.
The nursing infant's tongue clings to the roof of his mouth from thirst. Little children beg for bread, but no one gives them [any].
Those who used to eat delicacies are destitute in the streets; those who were reared in purple [garments] huddle in garbage heaps.
The punishment of my dear people is greater than that of Sodom, which was overthrown in an instant without a hand laid on it.
Her dignitaries were brighter than snow, whiter than milk; [their] bodies were more ruddy than coral, their appearance [like] sapphire.
[Now] they appear darker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become dry like wood.
Those slain by the sword are better off than those slain by hunger, who waste away, pierced [with pain] because the fields lack produce.
The hands of compassionate women have cooked their own children; they became their food during the destruction of my dear people.
The LORD has exhausted His wrath, poured out His burning anger; He has ignited a fire in Zion, and it has consumed her foundations.
The kings of the earth and all the world's inhabitants did not believe that an enemy or adversary could enter Jerusalem's gates.
[Yet it happened] because of the sins of her prophets and the guilt of her priests, who shed the blood of the righteous within her.
If you don't listen, and if you don't take it to heart to honor My name," says the LORD of Hosts, "I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings. In fact, I have already begun to curse them because you are not taking it to heart.
And he will turn the hearts of fathers to [their] children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse."
in the field
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.
And He said to Adam, "Because you listened to your wife's voice and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'Do not eat from it': The ground is cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
So now you are cursed [with alienation] from the ground that opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood you have shed.
If you work the land, it will never again give you its yield. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth."
And he named him Noah, saying, "This one will bring us relief from the agonizing labor of our hands, caused by the ground the LORD has cursed."
When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, He said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man's inclination is evil from his youth. And I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done.
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease."
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from the Gilead settlers, said to Ahab, "As the LORD God of Israel lives, I stand before Him, and there will be no dew or rain during these years except by my command!"
So he did what the LORD commanded. Elijah left and lived by the Wadi Cherith where it enters the Jordan.
But she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I don't have anything baked-- only a handful of flour in the jar and a bit of oil in the jug. Just now, I am gathering a couple of sticks in order to go prepare it for myself and my son so we can eat it and die."
Judah mourns; her gates languish. [Her people] are on the ground in mourning; Jerusalem's cry rises up.
Their nobles send their servants for water. They go to the cisterns; they find no water; their containers return empty. They are ashamed and humiliated; they cover their heads.
The ground is cracked since no rain [has fallen] on the land. The farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.
Even the doe in the field gives birth and abandons [her fawn] since there is no grass.
Our skin is as hot as an oven from the ravages of hunger.
What the devouring locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust has left, the young locust has eaten; and what the young locust has left, the destroying locust has eaten.
Grieve like a young woman dressed in sackcloth, [mourning] for the husband of her youth.
Grain and drink offerings have been cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, who are ministers of the LORD, mourn.
The fields are destroyed; the land grieves; indeed, the grain is destroyed; the new wine is dried up; and the olive oil fails.
Be ashamed, you farmers, wail, you vinedressers, over the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field has perished.
The grapevine is dried up, and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the date palm, and the apple-- all the trees of the orchard-- have withered. Indeed, human joy has dried up.
Dress [in sackcloth] and lament, you priests; wail, you ministers of the altar. Come and spend the night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God, because grain and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.
Announce a sacred fast; proclaim an assembly! Gather the elders and all the residents of the land at the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.
Woe because of that day! For the Day of the LORD is near and will come as devastation from the Almighty.
Hasn't the food been cut off before our eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
The seeds lie shriveled in their casings. The storehouses are in ruin, and the granaries are broken down, because the grain has withered away.
How the animals groan! The herds of cattle wander in confusion since they have no pasture. Even the flocks of sheep suffer punishment.
A fire destroys in front of them, and behind them a flame devours. The land in front of them is like the Garden of Eden, but behind them, it is like a desert wasteland; there is no escape from them.
I gave you absolutely nothing to eat in all your cities, a shortage of food in all your communities, yet you did not return to Me-- the LORD's declaration.
I also withheld the rain from you while there were still three months until harvest. I sent rain on one city but no rain on another. One field received rain while a field with no rain withered.
Two or three cities staggered to another city to drink water but were not satisfied, yet you did not return to Me-- the LORD's declaration.
I struck you with blight and mildew; the locust devoured your many gardens and vineyards, your fig trees and olive trees, yet you did not return to Me-- the LORD's declaration.
"You expected much, but then it amounted to little. When you brought [the harvest] to your house, I ruined it. Why?" [This is] the declaration of the LORD of Hosts. "Because My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house.
So on your account, the skies have withheld the dew and the land its crops.
I have summoned a drought on the fields and the hills, on the grain, new wine, olive oil, and whatever the ground yields, on the people and animals, and on all that your hands produce."
what state were you in? When someone came to a [grain] heap of 20 measures, it [only] amounted to 10; when one came to the winepress to dip 50 measures from the vat, it [only] amounted to 20.
I struck you-- all the work of your hands-- with blight, mildew, and hail, but you didn't turn to Me"-- the LORD's declaration.
You are suffering under a curse, yet you-- the whole nation-- are [still] robbing Me.
Bring the full 10 percent into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way," says the LORD of Hosts. "See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.
I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not ruin the produce of your ground, and your vine in your field will not be barren," says the LORD of Hosts.
"Then all the nations will consider you fortunate, for you will be a delightful land," says the LORD of Hosts.