Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
And in that day the Lord, LORD of hosts, called for weeping, and for mourning, and for baldness, and for girding with sackcloth.
Is this your joyous [city], whose antiquity is of ancient days, whose feet carried her afar off to sojourn?
Thorns and briers shall come up on the land of my people, yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city.
Ye who put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near,
Therefore thus says LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come to this city, nor shoot an arrow there. Neither shall he come before it with shield, nor cast up a mound against it.
If I go forth into the field, then, behold, the slain with the sword! And if I enter into the city, then, behold, those who are sick with famine! For both the prophet and the priest go about in the land, and have no knowledge.
Thus says LORD: He who abides in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, but he who goes forth to the Chaldeans shall live, and his life shall be to him for a prey, and he shall live.
In the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was severe in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.
See, O LORD, and behold to whom thou have done thus! Shall the women eat their fruit, the sons who are dandled in the hands? Shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of LORD?
Those who are slain with the sword are better than those who are slain with hunger, for these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.
And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease, and the sound of thy harps shall no more be heard.