1 The Lord spoke to me again. 2 ‘Son of man, you must turn to speak against the mountains of Israel. Give my prophecy to them. 3 “You mountains of Israel”, you must say. “This is what the Lord God says to you. I am speaking to the mountains, the hills and valleys. I am going to attack you. I will destroy your high places where men worship other gods. 4 I will break down your altars where they burn food to idols. I will destroy the altars where they offer their sweet smelling oils to false gods. And I will kill the people in front of those idols. 5 Their dead bodies will lie in front of their false gods. And soldiers will throw their bones round the idol's altars. 6 In every place that they live, they will destroy their towns.
6:6The events in this prophecy happened in the year 586 BC.
They will break the altars on the high places. And they will pull down the altars where you burnt the sweet oils. They will destroy your idols. 7 You will see your dead people. And then you will know that I am the Lord
8 But some of you will not die. These people will run to other countries and nations. 9 When they are there, far away, they will remember me. They will remember how they made me very sad. They turned away from me and they did wrong things. They worshipped idols and they did not obey me. Then they will be angry with themselves. They will be ashamed of the evil things that they did. 10 And they will know that I am the Lord. They will know that I kept my promise to punish them.”’
11 This is what the Lord God says. ‘Make a loud noise. Hit your hands together. Hit the ground with your feet. Shout “Help!” Do this because of all the bad, evil things that Israel's people have done. I will send soldiers and illness to kill them. Or they will die because they do not have anything to eat. 12 People who are far away will become ill. And they will die. Soldiers will kill those who are near to the city. The people in the city will die because they do not have any food. That is how I will punish them. I am very angry. 13 They will see their dead bodies. Then they will know that I am the Lord. The bodies will be lying in front of their idols and their altars to false gods. They will see dead bodies on every high hill and mountain and round their altars. They will see them in every place. Their bodies will lie under big trees. That is where they offered sweet oils to their idols. 14 I will make the land from Diblah to the desert empty. I will change the land where they live into a desert. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’