6 Take shelter, O sons of Benjamin, away from Jerusalem.
For a calamity looms from the north, a great disaster.+
3 The shepherds and their droves will come.
Rise up, and let us attack her at midday!”
“Woe to us, for the day is declining,
For the shadows of evening are getting longer!”
6 For this is what Jehovah of armies says:
“Cut down wood and raise up a siege rampart against Jerusalem.+
She is the city that must be held to account;
There is nothing but oppression within her.+
Violence and destruction are heard in her;+
Sickness and plague are constantly before me.
I will make you desolate, a land without inhabitants.”+
9 This is what Jehovah of armies says:
“They will thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel as the last grapes on a vine.
Pass your hand again like one gathering grapes from the vines.”
10 “To whom should I speak and give warning?
Who will listen?
Look! The word of Jehovah has become something they scorn;+
They find no pleasure in it.
“Pour it out on the child in the street,+
On the groups of young men gathered together.
For I will stretch my hand out against the inhabitants of the land,” declares Jehovah.
From the prophet to the priest, each one is practicing fraud.+
‘There is peace! There is peace!’
When there is no peace.+
15 Do they feel ashamed of the detestable things they have done?
They feel no shame at all!
They do not even know how to feel humiliated!+
So they will fall among the fallen.
When I bring punishment on them they will stumble,” says Jehovah.
16 This is what Jehovah says:
“Stand at the crossroads and see.
Ask about the ancient roadways,
Ask where the good way is, and walk in it,+
And find rest for yourselves.”*
But they say: “We will not walk in it.”+
But they said: “We will not pay attention.”+
18 “Therefore hear, O nations!
And know, O assembly,
What will happen to them.
19 Listen, O earth!
I am bringing calamity on this people+
As the fruitage of their own schemes,
For they paid no attention to my words
And they rejected my law.”*
Your whole burnt offerings are not acceptable,
And your sacrifices do not please me.”+
21 Therefore this is what Jehovah says:
“Here I am setting for this people stumbling blocks,
And they will stumble over them,
Fathers and sons together,
A neighbor and his companion,
And they will all perish.”+
22 This is what Jehovah says:
“Look! A people is coming from the land of the north,
And a great nation will be awakened from the remotest parts of the earth.+
23 They will grab hold of the bow and the javelin.
They are cruel and will have no mercy.
Their voice will roar like the sea,
And they ride on horses.+
They draw up in battle order like a man of war against you, O daughter of Zion.”
24 We have heard the report about it.
25 Do not go out into the field,
And do not walk on the road,
For the enemy has a sword;
There is terror all around.
One making a thorough search;
You must take note and examine their way.
They are like copper and iron;
All of them are corrupt.
29 The bellows have been scorched.
Out from their fire there is lead.