‘Throw away your gods that I
You must not go away from me again.
then you can say, “It is sure that the Lord is alive.”
And they will be very happy to give
‘Break up your hard ground.
Do not put seed among weeds.
Cut off everything that is not his.
Men in Judah and people in Jerusalem, you must do that.
If you do not do it, I will be angry.
I will hurt you because of the bad things that you have done.
Nobody will save you.’
An enemy will attack from the north.
Shout to them and say,
We must all run to the cities with strong walls!”
Do not wait to run to a safe place
because I will bring trouble from the north.
I will destroy your country.
It has come out to destroy the
It has left its home to destroy your country.
It will break down your towns.
They will be empty.
Cry and be very sad.
Say, “The Lord is still angry with us.
He has not forgotten his
says the Lord.
He is like a strong, fast wind.
He flies faster than a great bird.
We are really in trouble. We will lose everything!
Then the Lord will save you.
You must not hold on to your bad thoughts.
It says that trouble is coming from the hills of Ephraim.
shout it to Jerusalem.
“An army is coming from a far country.
It will attack Jerusalem.
This is because Jerusalem's people have not obeyed me” ’,
says the Lord.
because of the wrong things that you have done.
You have caused this trouble.
Yes, it is painful.
The pain goes all through you.’
All my body hurts. I have to go on moving.
My thoughts are full of pain.
My heart keeps hitting hard inside me.
I feel that I have to shout.
I have heard the noise of the
I have heard the enemy when they were shouting.
Our enemies have destroyed everything in the country.
They have quickly broken down my
They did not wait to destroy my home.
I can still hear the sound of people who are fighting.
They do not know me.
They are like children who do not know anything.
They understand nothing.
They know how to do bad things.
But they have no idea how to do good things.’
and it had no shape.
I looked at the sky,
and its light was gone.
and they kept moving about.
All the hills were moving.
All the birds had flown away.
Our enemies had knocked down all its towns.
The Lord was very angry. He caused them to do all this.
the Lord says.
‘But I will not completely destroy it.
The sky will become dark.
This will happen as I have said.
And I will not change my plan.
I have spoken and I will not turn back.’
when they hear the sound of soldiers and horses.
Some of them hide in bushes.
Some of them climb up among the rocks.
All the towns are empty.
Nobody lives in them.
You are like a woman who wears things of gold.
You paint your eyes,
but that does not help you.
The men that you loved do not give
They want to kill you.
It is like the noise of a woman while her first child is being born.
It is the people in Jerusalem, who are shouting for help.
They shout and they say,
‘I am very weak, and I am getting weaker.
I am afraid that they will kill me.’