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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)
6 Take shelter, O sons of Benjamin, away from Jerusalem. Blow the horn+ in Te·koʹa;+ Light a fire signal over Beth-hac·cheʹrem! For a calamity looms from the north, a great disaster.+ 2 The daughter of Zion resembles a beautiful and delicate woman.+ 3 The shepherds and their droves will come. They will pitch their tents all around her,+ Each grazing the flock in his care.+ 4 “Prepare for* war against her! Rise up, and let us attack her at midday!” “Woe to us, for the day is declining, For the shadows of evening are getting longer!” 5 “Rise up, and let us attack during the night And destroy her fortified towers.”+ 6 For this is what Jehovah of armies says: “Cut down wood and raise up a siege rampart against Jerusalem.+ She is the city that must be held to account; There is nothing but oppression within her.+ 7 As a cistern keeps its water cool,* So she keeps her wickedness cool.* Violence and destruction are heard in her;+ Sickness and plague are constantly before me. 8 Be warned, O Jerusalem, or I* will turn away from you in disgust;+ I will make you desolate, a land without inhabitants.”+ 9 This is what Jehovah of armies says: “They will thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel as the last grapes on a vine. Pass your hand again like one gathering grapes from the vines.” 10 “To whom should I speak and give warning? Who will listen? Look! Their ears are closed,* so that they are unable to pay attention.+ Look! The word of Jehovah has become something they scorn;+ They find no pleasure in it. 11 So I am filled with the wrath of Jehovah, And I am tired of holding it in.”+ “Pour it out on the child in the street,+ On the groups of young men gathered together. They will all be captured, a man along with his wife, The old men along with the very old.*+ 12 Their houses will be turned over to others, Together with their fields and their wives.+ For I will stretch my hand out against the inhabitants of the land,” declares Jehovah. 13 “For from the least to the greatest, each one is making dishonest gain;+ From the prophet to the priest, each one is practicing fraud.+ 14 And they try to heal the breakdown* of my people lightly,* saying, ‘There is peace! There is peace!’ When there is no peace.+ 15 Do they feel ashamed of the detestable things they have done? They feel no shame at all! They do not even know how to feel humiliated!+ So they will fall among the fallen. When I bring punishment on them they will stumble,” says Jehovah. 16 This is what Jehovah says: “Stand at the crossroads and see. Ask about the ancient roadways, Ask where the good way is, and walk in it,+ And find rest for yourselves.”* But they say: “We will not walk in it.”+ 17 “And I appointed watchmen+ who said, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the horn!’”+ But they said: “We will not pay attention.”+ 18 “Therefore hear, O nations! And know, O assembly, What will happen to them. 19 Listen, O earth! I am bringing calamity on this people+ As the fruitage of their own schemes, For they paid no attention to my words And they rejected my law.”* 20 “What do I care that you bring frankincense from Sheʹba And sweet cane* from a distant land? Your whole burnt offerings are not acceptable, And your sacrifices do not please me.”+ 21 Therefore this is what Jehovah says: “Here I am setting for this people stumbling blocks, And they will stumble over them, Fathers and sons together, A neighbor and his companion, And they will all perish.”+ 22 This is what Jehovah says: “Look! A people is coming from the land of the north, And a great nation will be awakened from the remotest parts of the earth.+ 23 They will grab hold of the bow and the javelin. They are cruel and will have no mercy. Their voice will roar like the sea, And they ride on horses.+ They draw up in battle order like a man of war against you, O daughter of Zion.” 24 We have heard the report about it. Our hands fall limp;+ Distress has seized us, Anguish* like that of a woman giving birth.+ 25 Do not go out into the field, And do not walk on the road, For the enemy has a sword; There is terror all around. 26 O daughter of my people, Put on sackcloth+ and roll in the ashes. Mourn as for an only son, with bitter wailing,+ For suddenly the destroyer will come upon us.+ 27 “I have made you* a metal tester among my people, One making a thorough search; You must take note and examine their way. 28 All of them are the most stubborn men,+ Walking about as slanderers.+ They are like copper and iron; All of them are corrupt. 29 The bellows have been scorched. Out from their fire there is lead. One keeps refining intensely simply for nothing,+ And those who are bad have not been separated.+ 30 Rejected silver is what people will certainly call them, For Jehovah has rejected them.”+