9 * I saw the Lord where he had taken his stand by the altar, and he said “Strike the pillar-head and let the ceiling shake, knock them off on the heads of them all, and the last of them I will kill with the sword: they shall not have a fugitive run away nor a refugee get to safety. 2 If they break into the world of the dead, from there my hand shall take them; and if they go up in the sky, from there I will bring them down; 3 and if they hide in the top of Carmel, from there I will hunt them out and take them; and if they conceal themselves away from my eyes on the floor of the sea, from there I will commission the snake and have it bite them; 4 and if they go into foreign slavery under their enemies, from there I will commission the sword and have it kill them; and I will fasten my eyes on them for mischief and not for good.” 5 But the Lord Jehovah of Armies who touches the earth and it surges and all who live on it mourn, and it all goes up like the Nile and sinks down like the Nile of Egypt, 6 * who builds his stairways in the sky and founds his pyramid on earth, who calls the water of the sea and pours it over the face of the earth—his name is Jehovah. 7 Are you not the same as sons of the Negro race to me, sons of Israel? quoth Jehovah. Did I not bring up the Israelites from Egypt and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Syrians from Kir? 8 Here Jehovah’s eyes are on the sinful realm, and I will root it out from the face of the ground; I will not downright root out the house of Jacob, though, quoth Jehovah. 9 * For here I am giving the command and I will tumble the house of Israel among all the nations like the tumbling in a sieve, and not a pebble shall fall on the ground. 10 By the sword shall all the sinners in my people die, those who say “Mischief will not overtake us nor cross our path.” 11 On that day I will set up David’s fallen booth and mend what of it was burst and set up what of it was knocked down and build it as of old, 12 * in order that those who wear my name may take possession of the remnant of Edom and all the nations, quoth Jehovah who is doing this. 13 Here are days coming, quoth Jehovah, when a plower shall overtake the reaper and a wine-treader the seed-sower, and the mountains shall drip pomegranate-wine and all the hills shall ripple; 14 * and I will come back to my people Israel, and they shall rebuild cities that lie waste and shall live there, and set out vineyards and drink the wine from them, and make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 And I will plant them in their own soil, and they shall not again be uprooted from their soil that I gave them, says your God Jehovah.
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