God says that bad things will happen to the bad people
People who prepare to do bad things should be afraid.
God will do bad things to them!
While they lie in bed, they think about bad things to do.
Then, when the morning comes, they do those bad things.
They have the authority to do whatever they want to do.
When they want houses, they take them.
These cruel people take other people's homes and fields;
then those people's families have nothing.
‘I am against you.
You cannot save yourselves.
I will prepare trouble for you.
Then you will stop thinking that you are so very clever and important.
It will be a time of much trouble for you.
They will sing this sad song against you:
“God has completely destroyed us!
We no longer have any fields, because God has taken them away from us.
He has given them to our enemies, who have turned away from what is right.”
you will get none.
You will have nobody to speak on your behalf.’
Do not say that we will have trouble.
God will not make us ashamed!’
Do you think that the Lord's
If you agree to do what is right, then you will accept that my message is good.
‘You have become like enemies among my people.
You rob people of their coats when they pass by.
Even men who thought that they were safe now.
You even rob men who are returning home from war.
You take away their happy homes.
So, you take away what I want their children to enjoy.
You cannot remain in this place because you have made it bad.
It is so bad that it will completely destroy you.
They might say that you would have plenty of
That is the message that you would like!’
God promises to bring his people back together
I will bring back together all Israel's people who remain.
I will put all of you together like sheep in a field with a wall round it.
You will be like a field full of sheep.
There will be a loud noise because there will be so many of you.
Then you will go out through the gate.
I am the Lord, your king, and I will lead you out.’