Fifth Vision: The Lord beside the Altar
1I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, #Am 3:14 and He said:
Strike the capitals of the pillars #Zph 2:14
so that the thresholds shake;
knock them down on the heads of all the people.
Then I will kill the rest of them with the sword. #Jos 5:13-15Am 7:9
None of those who flee will get away; #Jr 11:11
none of the fugitives will escape.
2If they dig down to Sheol, #Ps 139:8
from there My hand will take them;
if they climb up to heaven, #Jr 51:53Ob 4
from there I will bring them down.
3If they hide themselves
on the top of Carmel,
from there I will track them down #Jb 34:22Ps 139:9-10
and seize them;
if they conceal themselves
from My sight on the sea floor, #Jnh 2:2-6
from there I will command
the sea serpent to bite them. #Is 27:1
4And if they are driven
by their enemies into captivity, #Lv 26:33
from there I will command
the sword to kill them. #Jb 34:21-22Ps 139:7-12Jr 23:24
I will fix My eyes on them
for harm and not for good. #Jr 21:10|NoBook| 44:27
5The Lord, the God of Hosts —
He touches the earth; #Ps 104:32|NoBook| 144:5Is 64:1
it melts, and all who dwell in it mourn;
all of it rises like the Nile
and subsides like the Nile of Egypt. #Am 8:8
6He builds His upper chambers
in the heavens #Ps 104:3
and lays the foundation of His vault
on the earth. #Ps 102:25Is 48:13|NoBook| 51:13
He summons the waters of the sea
and pours them out on the face of the earth. #Ps 104:6
Yahweh is His name. #Am 4:135:8-9
Announcement of Judgment
7Israelites, are you not like the Cushites to Me? #2Ch 14:9Is 20:4|NoBook| 43:3
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Didn’t I bring Israel from the land of Egypt,
the Philistines from Caphtor, # Probably Crete #Dt 2:23Jr 47:4
and the Arameans from Kir? #2Kg 16:9Is 22:6
8Look, the eyes of the Lord God
are on the sinful kingdom, #Am 9:4
and I will destroy it
from the face of the earth. #Am 3:12
However, I will not totally destroy
the house of Jacob #Jr 5:10|NoBook| 30:1131:35-36Jl 2:32
this is the Lord’s declaration —
9for I am about to give the command,
and I will shake the house of Israel #Is 30:28Lk 22:31
among all the nations,
as one shakes a sieve,
but not a pebble will fall to the ground.
10All the sinners among My people #Is 33:14Zch 13:8
who say: “Disaster will never overtake # Or You will not let disaster come near
or confront us,” #Jr 5:12|NoBook| 23:17Am 6:3
will die by the sword.
Announcement of Restoration
11In that day
I will restore the fallen booth #Lv 23:42-432Sm 11:111Kg 20:12Is 4:6 of David: #2Sm 7:11-16Jr 23:5Ezk 34:23-24Zch 9:9-10Lk 1:32Rv 5:5
I will repair its gaps,
restore its ruins, #Is 44:26
and rebuild it as in the days of old, #Is 63:11Jr 46:26
12so that they may possess
the remnant of Edom #Ezk 36:5Ob 21
and all the nations
that are called by My name # LXX reads so that the remnant of man and all the nations . . . may seek Me ; Ac 15:17 #Is 43:6-7Mal 1:11Ac 15:15-18
this is the Lord’s declaration —
He will do this.
13Hear this! The days are coming —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
when the plowman will overtake the reaper #Lv 26:5
and the one who treads grapes,
the sower of seed.
The mountains will drip with sweet wine,
and all the hills will flow with it. #Jl 2:24|NoBook| 3:18
14I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel. # Or restore My people Israel from captivity #Dt 30:3Jr 31:2332:42-44
They will rebuild and occupy ruined cities, #Jr 30:1833:10-11
plant vineyards and drink their wine,
make gardens and eat their produce. #Is 65:21Jr 31:5
15I will plant them on their land,
and they will never again be uprooted
from the land I have given them. #2Sm 7:10Jr 24:6
Yahweh your God has spoken.
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