3 “I will sweep away man and beast.
I will sweep away the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,+
And I will remove mankind from the surface of the ground,” declares Jehovah.
4 “I will stretch out my hand against Judah
And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
The name of the foreign-god priests along with the priests,+
And those who bow down and pledge loyalty to Jehovah+
While pledging loyalty to Malʹcam;+
And who do not seek Jehovah or inquire of him.”+
Jehovah has prepared a sacrifice; he has sanctified those he invited.
8 “On the day of Jehovah’s sacrifice I will call to account the princes,
The sons of the king,+ and all those wearing foreign clothing.
Those who fill their master’s house with violence and deception.
10 On that day,” declares Jehovah,
“There will be the sound of an outcry from the Fish Gate,+
A wailing from the Second Quarter of the city,+
And a loud crash from the hills.
All those weighing out silver have been destroyed.
12 At that time I will carefully search Jerusalem with lamps,
And I will call to account the complacent ones,* who say in their heart,
‘Jehovah will not do good, and he will not do bad.’+
They will build houses, but they will not occupy them;
And they will plant vineyards, but they will not drink wine from them.+
The sound of the day of Jehovah is bitter.+
There a warrior cries out.+
A day of distress and anguish,+
A day of storm and desolation,
A day of darkness and gloom,+
A day of clouds and thick gloom,+
Against the fortified cities and against the high corner towers.+
17 I will cause distress to mankind,
And they will walk like blind men,+
Because it is against Jehovah they have sinned.+