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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 5:13-15; Am 7:9,17
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 51:53; Ob 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 34:22; Ps 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 34:21-22; Ps 139:7-12; Jr 23:24
I will fix My eyes on them
for harm and not for good. # Jr 21:10; 44:27
5The Lord, the God of Hosts —
He touches the earth; # Ps 104:32; 144:5; Is 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 104:3,13
and lays the foundation of His vault
on the earth. # Ps 102:25; Is 48:13; 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 4:13; 5:8-9
Announcement of Judgment
7Israelites, are you not like the Cushites to Me? # 2Ch 14:9,12; Is 20:4; 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 2:23; Jr 47:4
and the Arameans from Kir? # 2Kg 16:9; Is 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; 30:11; 31:35-36; Jl 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 30:28; Lk 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 33:14; Zch 13:8
who say: “Disaster will never overtake # Or You will not let disaster come near
or confront us,” # Jr 5:12; 23:17; Am 6:3
will die by the sword.
Announcement of Restoration
11In that day
I will restore the fallen booth # Lv 23:42-43; 2Sm 11:11; 1Kg 20:12; Is 4:6 of David: # 2Sm 7:11-16; Jr 23:5; Ezk 34:23-24; Zch 9:9-10; Lk 1:32; Rv 5:5
I will repair its gaps,
restore its ruins, # Is 44:26
and rebuild it as in the days of old, # Is 63:11; Jr 46:26
12so that they may possess
the remnant of Edom # Ezk 36:5; Ob 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 43:6-7; Mal 1:11; Ac 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; 3:18
14I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel. # Or restore My people Israel from captivity # Dt 30:3; Jr 31:23; 32:42-44
They will rebuild and occupy ruined cities, # Jr 30:18; 33:10-11
plant vineyards and drink their wine,
make gardens and eat their produce. # Is 65:21; Jr 31:5
15I will plant them on their land,
and they will never again be uprooted
from the land I have given them. # 2Sm 7:10; Jr 24:6
Yahweh your God has spoken.

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