1 " 'At that time, declares the Lord, the bones of the kings and officials of Judah, the bones of the priests and prophets, and the bones of the people of Jerusalem will be removed from their graves. 2 They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they have loved and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped. They will not be gathered up or buried, but will be like dung lying on the ground. 3 Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the Lord Almighty.'
4 Sin and Punishment
6 I have listened attentively, 6 but they do not say what is right. 6 None of them repent of their wickedness, 6 saying, "What have I done?" 6 They each pursue their own course 6 like a horse charging into battle.
10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men 10 and their fields to new owners. 10 From the least to the greatest, 10 all are greedy for gain; 10 prophets and priests alike, 10 all practice deceit.
12 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? 12 No, they have no shame at all; 12 they do not even know how to blush. 12 So they will fall among the fallen; 12 they will be brought down when they are punished, 12 says the Lord.
13 " 'I will take away their harvest, 13 declares the Lord. 13 There will be no grapes on the vine. 13 There will be no figs on the tree, 13 and their leaves will wither. 13 What I have given them 13 will be taken from them.[a] ' "
14 Why are we sitting here? 14 Gather together! 14 Let us flee to the fortified cities 14 and perish there! 14 For the Lord our God has doomed us to perish 14 and given us poisoned water to drink, 14 because we have sinned against him.
16 The snorting of the enemy's horses 16 is heard from Dan; 16 at the neighing of their stallions 16 the whole land trembles. 16 They have come to devour 16 the land and everything in it, 16 the city and all who live there.
19 Listen to the cry of my people 19 from a land far away: 19 "Is the Lord not in Zion? 19 Is her King no longer there?" 19 "Why have they aroused my anger with their images, 19 with their worthless foreign idols?"
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