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.'