The Day Of Yahweh
5 "You house of Jacob! Come! Let's live in the LORD's light. 6 For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with practices learned from the East and they are fortune-tellers like the Philistines. They cut deals with foreigners. 7 Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. 8 Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made. 9 "So mankind is humbled, each human being is brought low, and you won't forgive." 10 "Go into the rocks! Hide in the dust to escape the terror of the LORD and to escape the glory of his majesty! 11 The haughty looks of mankind will be brought low, the lofty pride of human beings will be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted at that time.
12 "For the LORD of the Heavenly Armies has reserved a time to oppose all who are proud and haughty, and the self-exalting they will be humbled. 13 He will take his stand against all the cedars of Lebanon, against the proud and self-exalting; and against all the oaks of Bashan; 14 against all the high mountains, and against all the lofty hills; 15 against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; 16 against all the ships from Tarshish, and against all their impressive watercraft. 17 "Humanity's haughtiness will be humbled, male arrogance will be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. 18 Their idols will utterly vanish.
19 "They will enter caverns in the rocks and holes in the ground to escape the presence of the terror of the LORD, to escape the splendor of his majesty when he arises to terrify the earth. 20 At that time, mankind will throw their silver and gold idols that their fingers have made as objects of worship to the moles and to the bats. 21 They will enter caverns in the rocks and clefts in the cliffs, to escape the terror of the LORD and to escape the splendor of his majesty, when he arises to terrorize the earth. 22 "Stop trusting in human beings, whose life breath is in their nostrils, for what are they really worth?"
18 "Woe to those who are craving the Day of the LORD! How is it to your benefit, this Day of the LORD? It's a day of darkness to you, and not light. 19 It will be like a man who runs from a lion, only to encounter a bear; or who comes home, leans his hand against a wall, and a serpent bites him! 20 Will not the Day of the LORD be darkness, and not light pitch black at that, without a ray of sunshine?" 21 "I hate I despise your festival days, and your solemn convocations stink. 22 And if you send up burnt offerings to me as well as your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I consider your peace offerings of fattened cattle. 23 Spare me your noisy singing I will not listen to your musical instruments. 24 "But let justice roll on like many waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing river.
25 "Was it to me that you brought offerings and gifts in the desert for 40 years, house of Israel? 26 And you carried the tent of your king and Saturn, your star god idols that you crafted for yourselves. 27 So I will cause you to be taken captive beyond Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is God of the Heavenly Armies.
1 A declaration: a message from the LORD to Israel. "The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who frames the spirit of man within himself, declares,
2 "Look, I am making Jerusalem an unstable cup toward all of its surrounding armies when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 It will come about at that time that I will make Jerusalem a heavy weight; so everyone who burdens themselves with it will be crushed, even though all of the nations of the earth gather themselves against it. 4 At that time,' declares the LORD, "I will strike every horse with panic and every rider with insanity. I will keep my eyes on the house of Judah, but I will blind every horse of the invading armies. 5 The leaders of Judah will say to themselves, "Those who live in Jerusalem are my strength through the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, their God." 6 "At that time, I will make the leaders of Judah like a brazier filled with blazing wood, or like a torch setting fire to harvested grain. They will devour all the invading armies, both on the right hand and on the left. As a result, Jerusalem will again be inhabited in its rightful place as the real Jerusalem.'" 7 The LORD will deliver the tents of Judah first, so that neither the glory of the house of David nor the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem overshadows Judah. 8 At that time, the LORD will defend those who live in Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them at that time will be like David. The entire house of David will be like God indeed, like the angel of the LORD in their midst! 9 ""At that time, I will search out and destroy all of the nations who have come against Jerusalem.
10 I will pour out on the house of David and on the residents of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and of supplications, and they will look to me the one whom they pierced.'" 11 Then they will mourn for him, as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him, as for a firstborn son. At that time, Jerusalem will mourn deeply, like the mourning about Hadad-rimmon that took place in the plain of Megiddo. 12 And so the land will mourn, families by families, alone by themselves the family of the house of David by itself with their wives by themselves, the family of the house of Nathan by itself with their wives by themselves, 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself with their wives by themselves, the family of Shimei by itself with their wives by themselves 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself with their wives by themselves, the family of Shimei by itself with their wives by themselves 14 all of the surviving families by themselves, along with their wives by themselves. 2 "At that time," declares the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "I will eliminate the names of the idols from the land, and they will not be remembered anymore. I will also force both prophet and demon to leave the land. 3 It will also come about that if any man would dare to prophesy, then his father and his mother who bore him will respond to him, "You will not live, because you are speaking lies in the name of the LORD.' Then his father and mother who bore him will stab him for prophesying. 4 Furthermore, it will come about at that time that every prophet will become ashamed of his vision as he prophesies. They will wear no rough garments intended to deceive others." 5 "He will say, "I am no mere prophet. A servant of mankind am I, because a man dedicated to this have I been from my youth.' 6 "Someone will say to him, "What are these injuries to your hands?' "He will reply, ""what I received at my friend's house.'