1 Then the LORD said to me, a "Even if b Moses and c Samuel stood before Me, My 1 mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.
"And it shall be, if they say to you, 'Where should we go?' then you shall tell them, 'Thus says the LORD:
d "Such as are for death, to death;
And such as are for the sword, to the sword;
And such as are for the famine, to the famine;
And such as are for the e captivity, to the captivity." '
3 "And I will f appoint over them four forms of destruction," says the LORD: "the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, g the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. 4 "I will hand them over to h trouble, to all kingdoms of the earth, because of i Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
"For who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem?
Or who will bemoan you?
Or who will turn aside to ask how you are doing? 6 j You have forsaken Me," says the LORD,
"You have k gone backward.
Therefore I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you;
l I am 2 weary of relenting! 7 And I will winnow them with a winnowing fan in the gates of the land;
I will m bereave them of children;
I will destroy My people,
Since they n do not return from their ways. 8 Their widows will be increased to Me more than the sand of the seas;
I will bring against them,
Against the mother of the young men,
A plunderer at noonday;
I will cause anguish and terror to fall on them o suddenly. 9 "She p languishes who has borne seven;
She has breathed her last;
q Her sun has gone down
While it was yet day;
She has been ashamed and confounded.
And the remnant of them I will deliver to the sword
Before their enemies," says the LORD.