9 I saw My Lord stationed by the altar and he said—Smite the capital—that the sills may tremble, Yea break them off on the head of them all, And the last of them with the sword will I slay,—He that fleeth of them shall not flee away, And he that escapeth of them shall not make good his escape.
2 Though they break through into hades From thence shall my hand fetch them,—And though they ascend the heavens From thence will I bring them down;
3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel From thence will I search for them and take them,—And though they conceal themselves from before mine eyes at the bottom of the sea From thence will I command the serpent and he shall bite them;
4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies From thence will I command the sword and it shall slay them,—So will I set mine eyes upon them for calamity and not for blessing.
5 Now My Lord Yahweh of hosts is he—Who toucheth the earth and it melteth, And all that dwell therein mourn; And it cometh up like the Nile all of it, And subsideth like the river of Egypt:
6 Who buildeth in the heavens his upper rooms, And as for his vault upon the earth hath he founded it,—Who calleth to the waters of the sea and poureth them out over the face of the land, Yahweh is his name.
7 Like the sons of the Ethiopians are not ye unto me, O sons of Israel? Demandeth Yahweh: Was it not Israel I brought up out of the land of Egypt, And the Philistines out of Caphtor And the Syrians out of Kir?
8 Lo! the eyes of My Lord Yahweh are on the sinful kingdom, And I will destroy it from off the face of the ground,—Save only that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, Declareth Yahweh.
9 For lo! I am giving command, and will sift throughout all the nations the house of Israel,—as grain is sifted in a sieve, Yet shall there not fall a kernel to the earth.
10 By the sword shall die all the sinners of my people,—Who say, The calamity shall not overtake and close in before us.
11 In that day will I raise up the pavilion of David that is lying prostrate,—And wall up the breaches of them And his ruins will I raise up, And will build it as in the days of age-past times:
12 That they on whom my name hath been called may take possession of the residue of Edom and of all the nations, Declareth Yahweh who executeth this.
13 Lo! days are coming, Declareth Yahweh, That the plowman shall overtake the reaper And he that treadeth out the grapes him that traileth the seed,—So shall the mountains drip sweet wine, And all the hills shall melt;
14 And I will bring back the captivity of my people Israel, And they shall build waste cities and inhabit [them], And plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof, And lay out gardens, and eat the fruit thereof:
15 So will I plant them upon their own soil,—And will not uproot them any more from off their own soil which I have given to them, Saith Yahweh thy God.