I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:
"Strike the 1 doorposts, that the thresholds may shake,
And a break them on the heads of them all.
I will slay the last of them with the sword.
b He who flees from them shall not get away,
And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.
"Though c they dig into 2 hell,
From there My hand shall take them;
d Though they climb up to heaven,
From there I will bring them down; 3 And though they e hide 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; 4 Though they go into captivity before their enemies,
From there f I will command the sword,
And it shall slay them.
g I will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good."
The Lord GOD of hosts,
He who touches the earth and it h melts,
i And all who dwell there mourn;
All of it shall swell like 3 the River, 4
And subside like the River of Egypt. 6 He who builds His j layers 5 in the sky,
And has founded His strata in the earth;
Who k calls for the waters of the sea,
And pours them out on the face of the earth -
l The LORD is His name.
" Are you not like the 6 people of Ethiopia to Me,
O children of Israel?" says the LORD.
"Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt,
The m Philistines from n Caphtor, 7
And the Syrians from o Kir? 8 "Behold, p the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom,
And I q will destroy it from the face of the earth;
Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,"
Says the LORD.
"For surely I will command,
And will 8 sift the house of Israel among all nations,
As grain is sifted in a sieve;
r Yet not the smallest 9 grain shall fall to the ground. 10 All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword,
s Who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.'
"On t that day I will raise up
The 10 tabernacle 11 of David, which has fallen down,
And 12 repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old; 12 v Edom, 13
And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,"
Says the LORD who does this thing.
"Behold, w the days are coming," says the LORD,
"When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
x The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it. 14 y I will bring back the captives of My people Israel;
z They 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. 15 I will plant them in their land,
a And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,"
Says the LORD your God.