1: Strengthen yourselves, sons of Benjamin, From the midst of Jerusalem, And in Tekoa blow ye a trumpet, And over Beth-Haccerem lift ye up a flame, For evil hath been seen from the north, And great destruction. 2: The comely and the delicate one I have cut off, The daughter of Zion. 3: Unto her come do shepherds and their droves, They have stricken tents by her round about, They have fed each [in] his own station. 4: Sanctify ye against her the battle, Rise, and we go up at noon. Wo to us, for turned hath the day, For stretched out are the shades of evening, 5: 'Rise, and we go up by night, And we destroy her palaces.' 6: For thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Cut down her wood, And pour out against Jerusalem a mount, She [is] the city to be inspected, Wholly -- she is oppression in her midst. 7: As the digging of a well, is [for] its waters, So she hath digged [for] her wickedness, Violence and spoil is heard in her, Before My face continually [are] sickness and smiting. 8: Be instructed, O Jerusalem, Lest My soul be alienated from thee, Lest I make thee a desolation, a land not inhabited. 9: Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: They surely glean, as a vine, the remnant of Israel, Put back thy hand, as a gatherer to the baskets. 10: To whom do I speak, and testify, and they hear? Lo, their ear [is] uncircumcised, And they are not able to attend. Lo, a word of Jehovah hath been to them for a reproach, They delight not in it. 11: And with the fury of Jehovah I have been filled, (I have been weary of containing,) To pour [it] on the suckling in the street, And on the assembly of youths together, For even husband with wife are captured, An elder with one full of days, 12: And their houses have been turned to others, Fields and wives together, For I stretch out My hand against the inhabitants of the land, An affirmation of Jehovah. 13: For from their least unto their greatest, Every one is gaining dishonest gain, And from prophet even unto priest, Every one is dealing falsely, 14: And they heal the breach of the daughter of my people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' and there is no peace. 15: They were ashamed when they did abomination! Yea, they are not at all ashamed, Yea, blushing they have not known, Therefore they do fall among those falling, In the time I have inspected them, They stumble, said Jehovah. 16: Thus said Jehovah: Stand ye by the ways and see, and ask for paths of old, Where [is] this -- the good way? and go ye in it, And find rest for yourselves. And they say, 'We do not go.' 17: And I have raised up for you watchmen, Attend ye to the voice of the trumpet. And they say, 'We do not attend.' 18: Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O company, That which [is] upon them. 19: Hear, O earth, lo, I am bringing evil on this people, The fruit of their devices, For to My words they gave no attention, And My law -- they kick against it. 20: Why [is] this to Me? frankincense from Sheba cometh, And the sweet cane from a land afar off, Your burnt-offerings [are] not for acceptance, And your sacrifices have not been sweet to Me. 21: Therefore thus said Jehovah: Lo, I do give to this people stumbling blocks, And stumbled against them have fathers and sons together, The neighbour and his friend do perish. 22: Thus said Jehovah: Lo, a people hath come from a north country, And a great nation is stirred up from the sides of the earth. 23: Bow and javelin they take hold of, Fierce it [is], and they have no mercy, Their voice as a sea doth sound, And on horses they ride, set in array as a man of war, Against thee, O daughter of Zion. 24: 'We have heard its sound, feeble have been our hands, Distress hath seized us, pain as of a travailing woman. 25: Go not forth to the field, And in the way walk not, For a sword hath the enemy, fear [is] round about. 26: O daughter of My people, Gird on sackcloth, and roll thyself in ashes, The mourning of an only one make for thee, A lamentation most bitter, For suddenly come doth the spoiler against us. 27: A watch-tower I have given thee, Among My people a fortress, And thou knowest, and hast tried their way. 28: All of them are turned aside by apostates, Walking slanderously -- brass and iron, All of them are corrupters. 29: The bellows have been burnt, By fire hath the lead been consumed, In vain hath a refiner refined, And the wicked have not been drawn away. 30: 'Silver rejected,' they have called to them, For Jehovah hath kicked against them!