Israel is scattered for rejecting the seers and prophets—Israel’s people will be gathered and blessed temporally and spiritually—The Lord will come in a day of apostasy to judge and destroy the wicked.
1 Woe to the arebellious children, saith the Lord, that take bcounsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of aPharaoh, and to trust bin the shadow of cEgypt!
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
5 They awere all bashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
6 The aburden of the beasts of the bsouth: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
7 For the aEgyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
8 ¶ Now go, awrite it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
9 That athis is a brebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 Which say to the aseers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us bsmooth things, prophesy cdeceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the abreaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in aquietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon ahorses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an aensign on an hill.
18 ¶ And therefore will the Lord await, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of bjudgment: blessed are all they that cwait for him.
19 For the people shall dwell in aZion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of aadversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not bthy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy cteachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, awalk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
23 Then shall he give the rain aof thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that aear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the aday of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and ahealeth the stroke of their wound.
27 ¶ Behold, the aname of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his banger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 And his abreath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the bneck, to sift the nations with the sieve of cvanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29 aYe shall have a song, as in the night when ba holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the cmountain of the Lord, to the dmighty One of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and atempest, and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the Lord shall the aAssyrian be beaten down, which bsmote with a rod.
32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and ain battles of shaking will he fight bwith it.
33 For aTophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.