My messages will help the people who hear them,
as rain helps new grass to grow.
Everyone must know that our God is very great!
Everything that he does is
He only does what is right and fair.
Because of your
You have turned against him.
You enjoy doing bad things.
You should not do these things against the Lord.
He is your Father, the one who
He made you become a strong
Think about the lives of your
Ask your father or the old men.
They will tell you what happened in the past.
When he made people into separate groups,
he decided where their borders should be.
He did that to match the number of
It was a place where strong winds blew and nobody lived.
He took care of them and he kept them safe.
As an eagle flies with its babies on its back,
the Lord helped his people to be safe.
He needed no foreign god to help him.
He fed them with food from the fields.
He made them strong with
He gave them
Their lambs, sheep and goats became fat,
so they ate the best meat.
They ate the best bread from their
They drank the best
They turned against God.
They were full of good food, but they turned away from God.
He was the one who made them.
He was the strong Rock who kept them safe.
But they no longer
So the Lord became angry and
They worshipped new gods which they had not known before.
Your ancestors had never respected those gods.
your Creator, the one who gave you life.
His sons and daughters had made him angry.
I will see what happens to them when I leave them alone.
They are children who do not obey me.
They have not served me faithfully.
They have made me angry as they worship
So I will make them jealous as I help a useless
I will make them angry as I
I will destroy them like a hot fire.
It will be like a fire that reaches deep down into the place of dead people.
It will destroy the ground and everything that grows on it.
It will burn deep down to the
I will attack them like a soldier who shoots all his
They will have bad illnesses that give them much pain.
I will cause wild animals to attack them.
Snakes will bite them and they will die.
If they stay at home, they will die from
Young men and young women will die.
Babies and old men will also die.
so that nobody would ever remember them.
They would not understand.
They would say, “We have destroyed these people with our own
The Lord has not done this!” ’
They do not understand what will happen to them.
They would know what would happen to them in the end.
Two men can chase away 10,000 of them!
How can that happen? God, their strong Rock, has left them.
The Lord has given their enemies power over them.
Even our enemies know that their own gods are weak.
They are like grapes that have grown in the fields of Sodom and Gomorrah.
like dangerous poison from snakes.
I have already decided what I will do, and I will do it!
I will punish them as they
They will suddenly fall
and great trouble will quickly destroy them.’
and very few of them remain, as slaves or free people.
‘Why could your gods not help you?
Those were the gods that you thought would keep you safe.
You let them drink the
So they should be there to help you!
They should keep you safe!
There is no other god as well as me.
I can kill and I can give life.
I can hurt people and I can make them well again.
Nobody can stop me doing what I choose to do.
“As surely as I live for ever,
It will move like
I will pay back everyone who
My sword will cut into the bodies of my enemies.
Everyone that I take hold of will die.
I will cut off the heads of their leaders.” ’
join with God's people to
He will punish those who have killed his servants.
But he will
and he will make their land