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.+
For by the fire of his zeal the whole earth will be consumed,+
Because he will make an extermination, indeed a terrible one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.”+
2 Before the decree takes effect,
Before the day passes by like chaff,
Before the burning anger of Jehovah comes upon you,+
Before the day of Jehovah’s anger comes upon you,
Who observe his righteous decrees.*
Seek righteousness, seek meekness.*
The word of Jehovah is against you.
O Caʹnaan, land of the Phi·lisʹtines, I will destroy you,
So that there will be no inhabitant left.
6 And the seacoast will become pasture grounds,
With wells for shepherds and stone pens for sheep.
In the houses of Ashʹke·lon they will lie down in the evening.
Who have taunted my people and made boasts against their territory.+
9 Therefore as surely as I am alive,” declares Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel,
“Moʹab will become just like Sodʹom,+
And the Amʹmon·ites like Go·morʹrah,+
A place of nettles, a salt pit, and a permanent wasteland.+
The remaining ones of my people will plunder them,
And the remnant of my nation will dispossess them.
Because they taunted and exalted themselves against the people of Jehovah of armies.
For he will bring to nothing* all the gods of the earth,
Each one from its place.
13 He will stretch out his hand toward the north and destroy As·syrʹi·a,
And he will make Ninʹe·veh desolate,+ as dry as a desert.
Both pelican and porcupine will spend the night among her pillar capitals.
A voice will sing in the window.
There will be devastation at the threshold;
For he will expose the cedar panels.
15 This is the proud city that was sitting in security,
That was saying in her heart, ‘I am the one, and there is nobody else.’
How she has become an object of horror,
A place for the wild animals to lie down!
Everyone passing by her will whistle and shake his fist.”+
Her judges are wolves in the night;
They do not leave even a bone to gnaw until morning.
Morning by morning he makes known his judgments,+
As unfailing as the daylight.
But the unrighteous one knows no shame.+
6 “I destroyed nations; their corner towers were left desolate.
I devastated their streets, so that no one was passing through.
Their cities were left in ruins, without a man, without an inhabitant.+
So that her dwelling place might not be destroyed+
—I must call her to account for* all these things.
But they were all the more eager to act corruptly.+
‘Until the day when I rise up to take plunder,*
For my judicial decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms,
To pour out on them my indignation, all my burning anger;+
For by the fire of my zeal the whole earth will be consumed.+
9 For then I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language,
So that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah,
10 From the region of the rivers of E·thi·oʹpi·a,
Those entreating me, the daughter of my scattered ones, will bring a gift to me.+
11 On that day you will not be put to shame
Because of all your deeds with which you rebelled against me,+
For then I will remove the haughty boasters from among you;
And you will never again be haughty in my holy mountain.+
And they will take refuge in the name of Jehovah.
They will not speak a lie, nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths;
14 Shout joyfully, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O Israel!+
Be joyful and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!+
He has turned away your enemy.+
The King of Israel, Jehovah, is in your midst.+
You will fear calamity no more.+
16 On that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not be afraid, O Zion.+
Do not let your hands drop down.
As a mighty One, he will save.
He will exult over you with great joy.+
He will become silent* in his love.
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
They were absent from you because of bearing reproach for her.+
And I will save the one limping,+
And I will gather together the dispersed.+
I will make them an object of praise and fame*
In all the land of their shame.
20 At that time I will bring you in,
At the time I gather you together.
When I gather back your captives before your eyes,” says Jehovah.+
Meaning “Jehovah Has Concealed (Treasured Up).”
Evidently, objects or activities connected with idolatry.
Or “podium; threshold.” Possibly the platform of the king’s throne.
Apparently a section of Jerusalem near the Fish Gate.
Lit., “those congealing on their dregs,” as in a wine vat.
Or “hurrying rapidly!”
Or “humble ones.”
Lit., “his judgment.”
Or “It may be that.”
Or “at high noon.”
Or “will care for them.”
Lit., “every beast of a nation.”
Or “punish her for.”
Or “wait patiently for.”
Or possibly, “rise up as a witness.”
Or “worship him in unity.”
Or “quiet; at ease; satisfied.”
Lit., “a name.”
Lit., “a name.”