Bible Text & Cross-references:
An admonition to sincere repentance, and circumcision
of the heart, with threats of grievous punishment to those that persist in sin.
1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return to me: if thou
wilt take away thy stumbling-blocks out of my sight, thou shalt not be moved.
2 And thou shalt swear: As the Lord liveth, in truth, and in judgement,
and in justice: and the Gentiles shall bless him, and shall praise him.
3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Juda and Jerusalem: *Break up
anew your fallow ground, and sow not upon thorns:
4 Be circumcised to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your hearts,
ye men of Juda, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my indignation come forth like fire, and burn, and there be none that
can quench it: because of the wickedness of your thoughts.
5 Declare ye in Juda, and make it heard in Jerusalem: speak, and sound
with the trumpet in the land: cry aloud, and say: Assemble yourselves, and let us go into strong cities.
6 Set up the standard in Sion. Strengthen yourselves, stay not, *for
I bring evil from the north, and great destruction.
7 The lion is come up out of his den, and the robber of nations hath
roused himself: he is come forth out of his place, to make thy land desolate: thy cities shall be laid waste, remaining without
8 For this, gird yourselves with hair-cloth, lament and howl: for the
fierce anger of the Lord is not turned away from us.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord: That the heart
of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes: and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall be amazed
10 And I said: Alas, alas, alas, O Lord God, hast thou then deceived
this people and Jerusalem, saying: You shall have peace: and behold the sword reacheth even to the soul?
11 At that time it shall be said to this people, and to Jerusalem: A
burning wind is in the ways that are in the desert of the way of the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse.
12 A full wind from these places shall come to me: and now I will
speak my judgments with them.
13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots as a tempest:
his horses are swifter than eagles: woe unto us, for we are laid waste.
14 Wash thy heart from wickedness, O Jerusalem, that thou mayst be saved:
how long shall hurtful thoughts abide in thee?
15 For a voice of one declaring from Dan, and giving notice of the idol
from Mount Ephraim.
16 Say ye to the nations: Behold, it is heard in Jerusalem, that guards
are coming from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Juda.
17 They are set round about her, as keepers of fields: because she hath
provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord.
18 *Thy ways and thy devices have brought these things upon thee: this
is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it hath touched thy heart.
19 My bowels, my bowels are in pain, the senses of my heart are troubled
within me, I will not hold my peace, for my soul hath heard the sound of the trumpet, the cry of battle.
20 Destruction upon destruction is called for, and all the earth is laid
waste: my tents are destroyed on a sudden, and my pavilions in a moment.
21 How long shall I see men fleeing away, how long shall I hear the sound
of the trumpet?
22 For my foolish people have not known me: they are foolish and senseless
children: they are wise to do evils, but to do good they have no knowledge.
23 I beheld the earth, and lo it was void, and nothing: and the heavens,
and there was no light in them.
24 I looked upon the mountains, and behold they trembled: and all the
hills were troubled.
25 I beheld, and lo there was no man: and all the birds of the air were
26 I looked, and behold Carmel was a wilderness: and all its cities were
destroyed at the presence of the Lord, and at the presence of the wrath of his indignation.
27 For thus saith the Lord: All the land shall be desolate, but yet I
will not utterly destroy.
28 The earth shall mourn, and the heavens shall lament from above: because
I have spoken, I have purposed, and I have not repented, neither am I turned away from it.
29 At the voice of the horsemen, and the archer, all the city is fled
away: they have entered into thickets, and have climbed up the rocks: all the cities are forsaken, and there dwelleth not
a man in them.
30 But when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? though thou clothest
thyself with scarlet, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, and paintest thy eyes with stibic-stone, thou shalt
dress thyself out in vain: thy lovers have despised thee, they will seek thy life.
31 For I have heard the voice as of a woman in travail; anguishes, as
of a woman in labour of a child. The voice of the daughter of Sion, dying away, spreading her hands: Woe is me, for my soul
hath fainted because of them that are slain.
3: Osee x. 12.
6: Jeremias i. 14.
18: Wisdom i. 3. and 5.