Jehovah takes vengeance and is ready to express his wrath.+
Jehovah takes vengeance against his foes,
And he stores up wrath for his enemies.
But by no means will Jehovah hold back due punishment.+
His path is in destructive wind and storm,
And the clouds are the dust of his feet.+
Baʹshan and Carʹmel wither,+
And the blossoms of Lebʹa·non wither.
The earth will be in an upheaval because of his face,
Along with the land and all those dwelling in it.+
And who can withstand the heat of his anger?+
His wrath will be poured out like fire,
And the rocks will be shattered because of him.
And darkness will pursue his enemies.
9 What will you plot against Jehovah?
He is causing a complete extermination.
Distress will not arise a second time.+
10 For they are interwoven like thorns,
And they are like those drunk with beer;*
But they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 From you will come one who plots evil against Jehovah,
Giving worthless advice.
12 This is what Jehovah says:
“Though they were at full strength and numerous,
Even so they will be cut down and will pass away.*
I have afflicted you,* but I will afflict you no more.
I will make a grave for you, because you are contemptible.’
Celebrate your festivals,+ O Judah, pay your vows,
For the worthless one will never pass through you again.
He will be utterly destroyed.”