1I saw the Lord standing beside the altar; and He said:
Smite the capitals, that the posts may shake; And break them in pieces on the head of all of them; And I will slay the residue of them with the sword; There shall not one of them flee away, And there shall not one of them escape.
2Though they dig into the nether-world,
Thence shall My hand take them; And though they climb up to heaven, Thence will I bring them down.
3And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel,
I will search and take them out thence; And though they be hid from My sight in the bottom of the sea, Thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them.
4And though they go into captivity before their enemies,
Thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them; And I will set Mine eyes upon them For evil, and not for good.
5For the Lord, the God of hosts,
Is He that toucheth the land and it melteth, And all that dwell therein mourn; And it riseth up wholly like the River, And sinketh again, like the River of Egypt;
6It is He that buildeth His upper chambers in the heaven,
And hath founded His vault upon the earth; He that calleth for the waters of the sea, And poureth them out upon the face of the earth; The Lord is His name.
7Are ye not as the children of the Ethiopians unto Me,
O children of Israel? saith the Lord. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, And the Philistines from Caphtor, And Aram from Kir?
8Behold, the eyes of the Lord God
Are upon the sinful kingdom, And I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; Saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, Saith the Lord.
9For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations,
Like as corn is sifted in a sieve, Yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword,
That say: ‘The evil shall not overtake nor confront us.’
11In that day will I raise up
The tabernacle of David that is fallen, And close up the breaches thereof, And I will raise up his ruins, And I will build it as in the days of old;
12That they may possess the remnant of Edom,
And all the nations, upon whom My name is called, Saith the Lord that doeth this.
13Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
That the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; And the mountains shall drop sweet wine, And all the hills shall melt.
14And I will turn the captivity of My people Israel,
And they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; And they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; They shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15And I will plant them upon their land,
And they shall no more be plucked up Out of their land which I have given them, Saith the Lord thy God.