Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in
the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves;
they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted
the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every
morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust
knoweth no shame.
I have cut off the
nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none
passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there
is none inhabitant.
I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their
dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose
early, and corrupted all their doings.
Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my
determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to
pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth
shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call
upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my
dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou
hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of
thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty
because of my holy mountain.
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and
they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall
a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie
down, and none shall make them afraid.
Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all
the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the
king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see
evil any more.
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let
not thine hands be slack.
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will
rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee
I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of
thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save
her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them
praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you:
for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when
I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.