Punishment and salvation
‘I was ready to answer,
even when my people did not ask me anything.
I showed myself to people
who were not even looking for me.
I said, “Look! Here I am!” to a
who did not even use my name to pray.
even though they turned against me.
But they continue to live in a way that is not good.
They do whatever they want to do.
and they hide in
They eat meat from pigs.
“Keep away from me! Do not come near me!
I am too
These people are like smoke in my nose!
They are like a fire that burns all day.’
‘Look! I have decided what I will do,
and I have written it down:
I will not keep quiet.
I will give them everything that they
and for the sins of their
So I will punish them completely,
as much as they deserve.’
someone will say, “Do not destroy them.
There is some juice there that we can use.”
I will do the same thing for my servants.
I will not destroy them all.
There will be people of Judah's family
who will live on my mountains.
The land will belong to the people that I have chosen.
My servants will live there.
Cows will rest in the Valley of Achor.
Those places will belong to my people,
those who want to
to those people who turn away from the Lord.
You forget to
Instead, you prepare food and
to offer to your false gods called “Luck” and “Fate”.
You will all bend down low for someone to kill you.
This will happen because you did not answer me
when I spoke to you.
You did not even listen to my words.
You chose to do things that I would
‘Look! My servants will eat,
but you will be hungry.
Look! My servants will drink,
but you will be
Look! My servants will be happy,
but you will be ashamed.
because they are so happy.
But you will cry aloud
because you are so sad.
You will weep
because you are very
The Almighty Lord will kill you,
but he will give to his servants another name.
when they want to say a
People in the land who want to make a strong promise
will also use the name of the true God.
I will forget the troubles that happened in past years.
I will no longer even think about them.
People will not remember what things were like before.
Those thoughts will not be in their minds at all.
Be happy for ever!
I will create Jerusalem as a happy place.
The people who live there will be full of
My people will give me joy.
There will be no noise of people who are weeping.
People will not be sad in Jerusalem again.
who only lives for a few days.
Old men will continue to live a long life.
People will live until they are 100 years old
and they will still seem young.
If anyone dies before he is 100 years old,
people will think that God has
and they will live in them.
They will plant
and they will eat the fruit from them.
and then other people live in them.
They will not plant trees
and then other people to eat the fruit.
My people will have long lives,
as long as trees live.
My own people will live to enjoy the things
that they have worked hard to get.
They will not give birth to children
who will live in
Instead, the Lord will
He will bless them
I will answer them.
While they are still praying,
I will hear them.
A snake's food will be dirt.
Nothing will hurt or destroy anything else
anywhere on my
That is what the Lord says.