warns the people of Jerusalem
you must run away to be safe!
Make a noise with a
Light a fire to
A great army is coming from the north.
It will come to destroy everything!
like a daughter that I love.
She cannot protect herself,
and I will destroy her.
They will bring their armies,
They will make their
Each of them will take their own piece of land.
‘Get ready to attack the city!
We will attack at noon!’
But if the day is almost finished, they will say,
‘It is already evening and it will soon be dark.
We will destroy all their strong buildings!’
‘Cut down the trees around Jerusalem.
Use them to build towers to the top of the city's walls.
It is full of cruel people.
like water that pours out from a
It is full of the noise of
Everywhere I see people who have disease and
If not, I will turn away from you.
I will destroy you completely.
Nobody will live on your land any more.’
‘I will let the enemy take all the people from Israel,
like a farmer who picks all the
So check the vines carefully,
to see if there are some grapes that you can save.’
‘If I speak to people and I warn them,
nobody will listen to me.
They have shut their ears so that they cannot hear.
They do not want to hear it.
I can no longer control my
The Lord replied,
‘Tell everyone how angry you are!
Tell the children who play in the streets,
Tell the young men who meet together.
Include all the men and their wives,
as well as the old people, and those who are near to death.
Other people will take their fields and their wives.
Yes, I will
That is what the Lord says.
Important people and ordinary people do that.
They love to
They say to them,
“No problem! You will have
But there will be no peace for my people.
They do not even know what
They have forgotten how to be ashamed.
So they will fall to the ground,
as other people have fallen.
When I decide to
that will be the end of them.’
That is what the Lord says.
‘Stand at the place where the roads cross,
and look carefully.
Ask where the ways of your
Find the good way, and go along that way.
Then you will live in
But the people said, ‘No, we will not go that way. ’
‘I sent my
They said, “Listen for the noise of the
That will tell you when danger is near.”
But you said, “We do not want to listen.”
See what will happen to my people.
I will cause great trouble for my people.
I will punish them as a result of their wrong thoughts.
They have not listened to my messages.
They have turned against my
But that does not
do not please me either.
I will not accept the
that they offer to me.’
‘I will send troubles to make these people fall down.
Fathers and their children will all fall to the ground.
Their friends and their
‘Look! An army is coming from the north.
A great nation is preparing to attack you
from a place that is far away.
They are always cruel and they are never kind.
They ride into the
and it sounds like the noise of the sea.
They are ready to attack you,
people of Jerusalem.’
‘We have heard news about them,
and we are very frightened.
We feel too weak to fight.
We are afraid and in pain,
like a woman who is giving birth.
Do not travel on the roads.
Our enemies are everywhere.
They have their swords ready to attack us.
Danger is all around us.’
Weep and cry aloud,
as if your only child had died.
Realize that the enemy's army will soon be here
and they are ready to destroy us.’
‘I have sent you to
Test them like someone tests metal.
Watch them carefully,
to see how they live.
They refuse to change their minds.
and make it
but it is
There are too many
so I cannot make them pure.
so they are like useless silver.’