15 Then said Yahweh unto me, Though Moses and Samuel should stand before me My soul could not be toward this people,—Send them away from before me And let them go forth.
2 And it shall come to pass when they say unto thee, Whither shall we go? Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith Yahweh—Such as are for death to death, and Such as are for the sword to the sword, and Such as are for famine to the famine, and Such as are for captivity to captivity.
3 And I will set in charge over them—four species, Declareth Yahweh—The sword to slay, and The dogs to trail along,—and The bird of the heavens and The beast of the earth to devour and to destroy.
4 And I will make them a terror, to all the kingdoms of the earth,—On account of Manasseh son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, For what he did in Jerusalem.
5 For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? And who shall lament for thee? And who shall turn aside to ask for thy welfare?
6 Thou hast abandoned me, Declareth Yahweh, Backward thou wilt go,—Therefore have I stretched forth my hand against thee and laid thee waste,—I am weary of having compassion.
7 Therefore have I winnowed them with a winnowing shovel in the gates of the land,—I have bereaved—I have destroyed my people, From their own ways have they not returned.
8 Their widows have become multiplied to me beyond the sand of the seas, I have brought against them—upon the mother of young men—the spoiler in the broad noon,—I have let fall upon her suddenly excitement and terrors.
9 Languisheth! she who had given birth to seven, She hath breathed out her life, Her sun hath gone in while yet it was day, She hath turned pale and hath turned red,—And the remnant of them to the sword will I deliver before their enemies, Declareth Yahweh.
10 Woe to me! my mother That thou didst bear me, A man of litigation and a man of contention to all the land,—I have not lent on interest Nor have they lent on interest to me, Every one hath treated me with contempt.
11 Said Yahweh,—Verily I will loose thee for good! Verily I will intercede for thee In the time of calamity and In the time of distress with the enemy!
12 Shall iron crush the iron from the North and the bronze?
13 Thy substance and thy treasures—for a prey will I give without price,—Even for all thy sins and in all thy bounds:
14 Therefore will I make thee pass with thine enemies into a land thou knowest not,—For a fire hath been kindled in mine anger, Upon you shall it burn.
15 Thou knowest—O Yahweh, Remember me and visit me and avenge me upon my persecutors, Do not of thy longsuffering take me away,—Know—I have borne for thy sake reproach.
16 Thy words were found and I did eat them, Then became thy words unto me the joy and gladness of my heart,—For thy Name hath been called upon me, O Yahweh, God of hosts!
17 I sat not in the circle of mockers Nor became I uproarious,—Because of thy hand by myself did I sit, For with indignation hadst thou filled me.
18 Wherefore hath my pain become perpetual? And my wound incurable? Refuseth to be healed? Wilt thou indeed be to me [As a brook] that disappointeth, Waters that cannot be trusted?
19 Wherefore Thus saith Yahweh—If thou wouldst return I will cause thee to return, Before me shalt thou stand, Yea if thou wilt bring out the precious from among the vile As mine own mouth shalt thou be,—Let them return unto thee, But thou shalt not return unto them;
20 So will I make thee to this people a wall of bronze fortified, When they fight against thee they shall not prevail against thee,—For with thee am I to save thee and to deliver thee, Declareth Yahweh;
21 Thus will I deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked,—And redeem thee out of the grasp of the tyrants.