Listen to the cry of the daughter of my people from a land far away, "Is the LORD no longer in Zion? Is her King no longer there?" "Why have they provoked Me to anger with their carved images, with their worthless foreign idols?"
Cross ReferencesActs 14:15
"Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.
They have provoked My jealousy by that which is not God; they have enraged Me with their worthless idols. So I will make them jealous by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation without understanding.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols, but in the LORD I trust.
They are coming from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens--the LORD and the weapons of His wrath--to destroy the whole country.
Then the prophet Isaiah went to King Hezekiah and asked, "From where did those men come, and what did they say to you?" "They came to me from a distant land," Hezekiah replied, "from Babylon."
This is what the LORD says: "What fault did your fathers find in Me that they strayed so far from Me, and followed worthless idols, and became worthless themselves?
Warn the nations now! Proclaim to Jerusalem: "A besieging army comes from a distant land; they raise their voices against the cities of Judah.
But am I the one they are provoking? declares the LORD. Is it not themselves they spite, to their own shame?
"The harvest has passed, the summer has ended, but we have not been saved."
I will scatter them among the nations that neither they nor their fathers have known, and I will send a sword after them until I have finished them off."
They are worthless, a work to be mocked. In the time of their punishment, they will perish.
Why are You like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? Yet You are among us, O LORD, and we are called by Your name. Do not forsake us!
For they prophesy to you a lie that will serve to remove you from your land; I will banish you and you will perish.
For the children of Israel and of Judah have done nothing but evil in My sight from their youth; indeed, they have done nothing but provoke Me to anger by the work of their hands, declares the LORD.
The perimeter of the city will be 18,000 cubits, and the name of the city from that day on will be: THE LORD IS THERE."
Why do you now cry aloud? Is there no king among you? Has your counselor perished so that anguish grips you like a woman in labor?
Chapter Outline1. The calamity of the Jews, both dead and alive.
4. He upbraids their foolish and shameless impenitency.
13. He shows their grievous judgment;
18. and bewails their desperate estate.
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