The Day of the Wrath of the Lord

The word of the Lord came to me:  “And you, aO son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: bAn end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.1  Now bthe end is upon you, and cI will send my anger upon you; dI will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.  eAnd my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but fI will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. gThen you will know that I am the Lord.

 “Thus says the Lord God: Disaster hafter disaster!2 Behold, it comes.  bAn end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes.  iYour doom3 has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. jThe time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not kof joyful shouting on the mountains.  Now I will soon lpour out my wrath upon you, and mspend my anger against you, dand judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.  eAnd my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. nThen you will know that I am the Lord, who strikes.

 10 o“Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! pYour doom has come; qthe rod has blossomed; pride has budded.  11 rViolence has grown up into qa rod of wickedness. sNone of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them.4  12 jThe time has come; the day has arrived. Let not tthe buyer rejoice, nor tthe seller mourn, ufor wrath is upon all their multitude.5  13 For vthe seller shall not return to what he has sold, while they live. wFor the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not turn back; and because of his iniquity, none can maintain his life.6

 14 “They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but none goes to battle, xfor my wrath is upon all their multitude.  15 yThe sword is without; pestilence and famine are within. zHe who is in the field dies by the sword, zand him who is in the city famine and pestilence devour.  16 aAnd if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains, like bdoves of the valleys, all of them moaning, each one over his iniquity.  17 cAll hands are feeble, and all knees turn to water.  18 dThey put on sackcloth, and ehorror covers them. Shame is on all faces, and fbaldness on all their heads.  19 They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. gTheir silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. hFor it was ithe stumbling block of their iniquity.  20 jHis beautiful ornament they used for pride, and kthey made their abominable images and their detestable things of it. Therefore lI make it an unclean thing to them.  21 And I will give it into the hands of mforeigners for prey, nand to the wicked of the earth for spoil, and lthey shall profane it.  22 I will turn my face from them, and lthey shall profane my treasured7 place. Robbers shall enter land profane it.

 23 o“Forge a chain!8 pFor the land is full of bloody crimes qand the city is full of violence.  24 I will bring rthe worst of the nations to take possession of their houses. sI will put an end to the pride of the strong, tand their holy places9 shall be profaned.  25 uWhen anguish comes, vthey will seek peace, but there shall be none.  26 wDisaster comes upon disaster; xrumor follows rumor. yThey seek a vision from the prophet, while zthe law10 perishes from the priest and acounsel from the elders.  27 The king mourns, the prince is wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land are paralyzed by terror. According to their way bI will do to them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, cand they shall know that I am the Lord.”

a

See ch. 2:1

b
1

Or earth

b

[See ver. 2 above]

c

See ver. 8

d

See ch. 18:30

e

See ch. 5:11

f
g

See ch. 6:7

h

[ch. 5:9]

2

Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Syriac, Targum); most Hebrew manuscripts Disaster! A unique disaster!

i

ver. 10

3

The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; also verse 10

j
k
l

ch. 9:8; 14:19; 20:8, 13, 21, 33, 34; 22:22; 36:18

m

See ch. 5:13

d

[See ver. 3 above]

e

[See ver. 4 above]

n

[ch. 6:7]

o

[ver. 2]

p

ver. 7

q
r

[ver. 23]

q

[See ver. 10 above]

s

[ch. 17:13]

4

The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain

j

[See ver. 7 above]

t
u

ver. 14

5

Or abundance; also verses 13, 14

v
w

See ch. 9:8–10

6

The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain

x

ver. 12

y

[ch. 6:12; Lam. 1:20]

z
a

ch. 6:8

b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i

ch. 14:3, 4, 7; 44:12

j
k

[ch. 16:17]; See ch. 8:5–16

l

[ch. 9:7; 24:21; 25:3]

m

See ch. 28:7

n

[ver. 24; ch. 23:46]

l

[See ver. 20 above]

7

Or secret

o
8

Probably refers to an instrument of captivity

p
q

[ver. 11]

r

[ver. 21; Hab. 1:6, 13]

s

[ver. 11]

t

See ver. 20

9

By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew and those who sanctify them

u

[ver. 2]

v
w
x
y

[ch. 20:1, 3; Ps. 74:9]

z
10

Or instruction

a
b

[ver. 4]

c

See ch. 6:7

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