The Destruction of Israel
1I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:
“Strike the doorposts, that the thresholds may shake,
And #Ps. 68:21; Hab. 3:13break them on the heads of them all.
I will slay the last of them with the sword.
#Amos 2:14He who flees from them shall not get away,
And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.
2“Though#Ps. 139:8; Jer. 23:24 they dig into hell,
From there My hand shall take them;
#Job 20:6; Jer. 51:53; Obad. 4; Matt. 11:23Though they climb up to heaven,
From there I will bring them down;
3And though they #Jer. 23:24hide themselves on top of Carmel,
From there I will search and take them;
Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea,
From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them;
4Though they go into captivity before their enemies,
From there #Lev. 26:33I will command the sword,
And it shall slay them.
#Lev. 17:10; Jer. 21:10; 39:16; 44:11I will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good.”
5The Lord God of hosts,
He who touches the earth and it #Ps. 104:32; 144:5; Is. 64:1; Mic. 1:4melts,
#Amos 8:8And all who dwell there mourn;
All of it shall swell like the River,
And subside like the River of Egypt.
6He who builds His #Ps. 104:3, 13layers in the sky,
And has founded His strata in the earth;
Who #Amos 5:8calls for the waters of the sea,
And pours them out on the face of the earth—
#Amos 4:13; 5:27The Lord is His name.
7“Are you not like the people of Ethiopia to Me,
O children of Israel?” says the Lord.
“Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt,
The #Jer. 47:4Philistines from #Deut. 2:23Caphtor,
And the Syrians from #Amos 1:5Kir?
8“Behold, #Jer. 44:27; Amos 9:4the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,
And I #Jer. 5:10; 30:11; (Joel 2:32); Amos 3:12; (Obad. 16, 17)will destroy it from the face of the earth;
Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,”
Says the Lord.
9“For surely I will command,
And will sift the house of Israel among all nations,
As grain is sifted in a sieve;
#(Is. 65:8–16)Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.
10All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword,
#(Is. 28:15); Jer. 5:12; Amos 6:3Who say, ‘The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.’
Israel Will Be Restored
11“On#Acts 15:16–18 that day I will raise up
The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,
And repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
12#Obad. 19That they may possess the remnant of #Num. 24:18; Is. 11:14Edom,
And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,”
Says the Lord who does this thing.
13“Behold, #Lev. 26:5the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
#Joel 3:18The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.
14#Ps. 53:6; Is. 60:4; Jer. 30:3, 18I will bring back the captives of My people Israel;
#Is. 61:4They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
15I will plant them in their land,
#Is. 60:21; Ezek. 34:28; 37:25And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,”
Says the Lord your God.