1 Jerusalem under siege
1 O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Neh. 3:14Beth-haccerem: ch. 4:6for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.
3 The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; 2 Ki. 25:1they shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shall feed every one in his place.
4 Joel 3:9Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up ch. 15:8at noon. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.
5 Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.
7 Is. 57:20As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: Ps. 55:9;ch. 20:8;Ezek. 7:11violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.
9 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets.
10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their Acts 7:51;See Ex. 6:12ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, ch. 20:8the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord; ch. 20:9I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out ch. 9:21upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days.
12 And Deut. 28:30;ch. 8:10their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord.
13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to Is. 56:11;ch. 8:10;Mic. 3:5,11covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
15 Were they ch. 3:3ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the Is. 8:20;ch. 18:15;Mal. 4:4;Luke 16:29old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find Mat. 11:29rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
17 Also I set Is. 21:11;& 58:1;ch. 25:4;Ezek. 3:17;Hab. 2:1watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 Is. 1:2Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even Prov. 1:31the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
20 Ps. 40:6;& 50:7-9;Is. 1:11;& 66:3;Amos 5:21;Mic. 6:6To what purpose cometh there to me incense Is. 60:6from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? ch. 7:21your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
21 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.
22 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, a people cometh from the ch. 1:15;& 10:22north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.
23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice Is. 5:30roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.
24 We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: ch. 4:31;& 13:21;& 49:24;& 50:43anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.
26 O daughter of my people, ch. 4:8gird thee with sackcloth, ch. 25:34;Mic. 1:10and wallow thyself in ashes: Zech. 12:10make thee mourning, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.
27 I have set thee for a tower and ch. 1:18;& 15:20a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.
28 ch. 5:23They are all grievous revolters, ch. 9:4walking with slanders: they are Ezek. 22:18brass and iron; they are all corrupters.
29 The bellows are burnt, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away.
31 Judah's idolatry and immorality