Thomson(i) 1 Assume courage ye sons of Benjamin who are from the midst of Jerusalem, and give a signal with the trumpet at Thekoe; and on Bethacharma erect a standard. Because evils from the north are apparent, and a great destruction is begun, 2 therefore thy loftiness shall be destroyed. With regard to the daughter of Sion; 3 to her shepherds shall come with their flocks, and pitch their tents around against her and feed. [They will say] every one to his band 4 "Prepare yourself for battle against her, arise and let us go up against her at noon.". "Alas for us the day is declined," "Because the shadows of the day fail, 5 arise and let us go up against her by night, and let us destroy her foundations." 6 For thus saith the Lord, Cut down her trees: discharge engines against Jerusalem: lying city! in it all is oppression. 7 As a reservoir sendeth forth water, so her wickedness gusheth out. Open wickedness and misery may be heard in her continually. With anguish and scourging 8 be instructed, Jerusalem! lest my soul be alienated from thee; lest I make thee an untrodden land, which shall not be inhabited. 9 For thus saith the Lord, Glean, glean as a vineyard the remains of Israel. Return again and again like a grape gatherer to his basket. 10 [p] To whom shall I speak and give warning that he may hearken? behold their ears are uncircumcised and they cannot hear. [J] Behold the word of the Lord was to them an object of reproach and they would not. 11 Therefore my wrath, which I filled up and restrained that I might not destroy them, I now pour out on infants in the streets, and on the congregation of youths at the same time. Because husband and wife shall be comprehended; the elder with him who is full of days; 12 therefore their houses shall be transferred to others; their fields and their wives together. Because I will stretch forth my hand against the inhabitants of this land, saith the Lord; 13 because from the least of them to the greatest, they have all committed unrighteous deeds; from the priest to the false prophet, they have all practised falsehoods, 14 and healed the hurt of my people by underrating it and saying Peace, Peace; but where is there peace? 15 Were they ashamed because they failed? even in that case they were not ashamed; nor were they sensible of their infamy; therefore they shall fall in the common ruin; and in the time of visitation they shall perish, saith the Lord. 16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand in the highways and take a view and inquire for the ancient paths of the Lord, and see which is the good way and walk in it, and you shall find a purification for your souls: but they said, "We will not go." 17 I have set watchmen over you; hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, "We will not listen." 18 Therefore the nations heard; even they who were tending their flocks. 19 Hear earth, behold upon this people I am bringing evils; the fruit of their apostacy, because they attended not to my words and rejected my law. 20 Why do you bring me incense from Saba, and cinnamon from a far distant country? Your whole burnt offerings are not acceptable; nor were your incense offerings sweet to me. 21 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold I send weakness on this people, and weak shall be fathers and sons with them; and neighbour with neighbour shall perish. 22 Thus saith the Lord, Behold a people is coming from the north; and nations shall be roused from the extremity of the earth: 23 they will grasp the bow and the spear: they are haughty and will show no mercy: their voice is like the roaring sea: on horses and in chariots they will draw up in array like fire, for battle against thee, O daughter of Sion. 24 [c] We have heard the fame of them. Our hands are enfeebled. Anguish hath taken hold of us; pangs, as of a woman in travail. 25 [p] Go not out to the fields and in the highways walk not, because the sword of the enemy dwelleth all around 26 O daughter of my people gird thee with sackcloth; strew thyself with ashes: utter for thyself piteous lamentation like the mourning for a beloved. For misery will suddenly come upon thee. 27 [J] I have made thee an assayer for trying peoples: and thou shalt know me when I try their ways. 28 They are all disobedient and walk perversely. Being brass and iron they are all utterly consumed. 29 The bellows could not stand the fire: the lead is consumed. In vain doth the silversmith try to extract silver. Their wickedness was not to be melted. 30 You shall call them rejected silver, for the Lord hath rejected them.