1 Then said יהוה unto me, “Though Moses (Mosheh) and Shemuel stood before me, yet My mind could not be toward this people; cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.
2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto you, ‘Whither shall we go forth?’ Then you shalt tell them, ‘Thus saith יהוה: “Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.”’
3 “And I will appoint over them four kinds,” saith יהוה: “the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the sky, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.
4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Menashsheh the son of Hezekiah (Chizqiyahu) king of Judah (Yehudah), for that which he did in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
5 For who shall have pity upon you, O Jerusalem (Yerushalayim)? Or who shall bemoan you? Or who shall go aside to ask how you doest?
6 You have forsaken Me,” saith יהוה, “You are gone backward. Therefore will I stretch out My hand against you, and destroy you; I am weary of relenting!
7 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy My people, since they return not from their ways.
8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas; I have brought upon them against the mother of the young men a spoiler at noonday; I have caused him to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors upon the city.
9 She that hath borne seven languisheth; she hath given up the spirit; her sun is gone down while it was yet day; she hath been ashamed and confounded. And the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies,” saith יהוה.
10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.
11 יהוה said: “Verily it shall be well with your remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat you well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?
13 Your substance and your treasures will I give to the spoil without price, and that for all your sins, even in all your territories.
14 And I will make you to pass with your enemies into a land which you knowest not; for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you.”
15 O יהוה, you knowest; remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in Your longsuffering; know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke.
16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and Your word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart; for I am called by Your name, O יהוה God of hosts (YHWH Elohei Tsevaot).
17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of Your hand, for You have filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? Wilt you be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?
19 Therefore thus saith יהוה: “If you return, then will I bring you again, and you shalt stand before Me; and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shalt be as My mouth. Let them return unto you; but return not you unto them.
20 And I will make you unto this people a fenced brasen wall; and they shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and to deliver you,” saith יהוה.
21 “And I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.”