Punishment for Abominations Throughout the Land
1And the word of Yahweh came#Literally “was” to me, saying, 2“And you, son of man,#Or “mortal,” or “son of humankind” thus says the Lord Yahweh to the land of Israel: ‘The end comes, the end on the four corners of the land. 3Now the end is on you, and I will send my anger on you, and I will judge you according to your ways, and I will bring on you all your detestable things. 4And my eye will not take pity on you, and I will not show compassion for your ways; on you I will bring your detestable things; they will be in the midst of you, and you will know that I am Yahweh.’ 5Thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Look! Disaster after disaster is coming! 6The end comes, comes the end! It has awakened against you! Look! It comes! 7Doom is coming against you, the dweller#Or “inhabitant” of the land; the time comes, the day is near, panic and not joy is on the mountains. 8Soon#Literally “now from near” I will pour out my rage on you, and I will fully vent my anger on you, and I will judge you according to your ways, and I will bring on you all of your detestable things. 9And my eye will not take pity, and I will not show compassion. According to your ways I will deal with you,#Literally “on you I will bring” and your detestable things will be in the midst of you, and you will know that I am Yahweh who strikes.#Or “smites” 10Look! The day is coming; doom goes out, the staff blossoms, pride sprouts. 11Violence has grown to become a staff of wickedness; none#Literally “not any” from them will remain, and none#Literally “not any” from their abundance nor from their wealth;#Or “noise,” or “multitude”; the same word appears in each of the next three verses and prominence will not be among them. 12The time has come, the day has arrived; let not the buyer rejoice, and let the seller not mourn, for anger is on all their multitude. 13For the seller will not return to the merchandise while they are still alive,#Literally “while still is in the life, their life” for the vision is about all of its multitude; it will not change, and a man because of his guilt will not be able to hold onto his life. 14They shall blow on the trumpet and prepare everything,#Literally “the all” but there is no one going to the battle, for my anger is on all of their multitude. 15The sword is outside,#Literally “is in the outside place” and the plague and the famine are inside;#Literally “are from the house the one who is in the field will die by the sword, and the one who is in the city, famine and plague will devour him. 16And if their survivors will escape, they will be on the mountains, like the doves of the valley, all of them groaning, each because of his guilt. 17All of the hands will hang limp, and all of the knees will be wet with urine.#Literally “the knees will flow with water” 18And they will wear sackcloth, and horror will cover them, and on all of the faces will be shame, and baldness on all of their heads. 19Their silver they will discard on the streets, and filth will be their gold; their silver and their gold will not be able to rescue them on the day of the wrath of Yahweh. They will not satisfy their hunger#Literally “selves,” or “desire” and their stomachs they will not fill, for their guilt will be their#Hebrew “the” stumbling block.
Judgment for the Profanation of the Temple and Sanctuary
20“ ‘And the beauty of its#Or “their” ornament he made into a prideful thing#Literally “to a prideful thing he made it” and made with it their detestable things and their vile idols; therefore I will make it into an impure thing for them. 21And I will give it into the hand of strangers as plunder and to the wicked people of the earth as spoil, and they will defile it. 22And I will turn my face from them, and they will defile my treasured place, and violent ones will enter and defile it. 23Make a chain for the land; it is full of bloody crimes#Literally “the judgment of blood” and the city is full of violence. 24And I will bring the worst of the nations, and they will take possession of their houses, and I will put to an end the pride of the mighty ones, and their sanctuaries will be defiled. 25Anguish comes, and they will seek peace, and there will be none. 26Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor will be upon rumor. And they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction will perish from the priest and counsel from the elders. 27The king will mourn, and the prince will be dressed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. According to their way I will do to#Or “deal with” them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, and they will know that I am Yahweh.’ ”