'Ruins' in the Bible
"I'll scatter you among the nations and draw the sword after you so that your land becomes desolate and your towns become ruins.
Gather whatever you've taken as spoils at the public square of the town, then burn the town, along with whatever you've taken, as an offering to the LORD your God. It will remain a permanent mound of ruins, never to be rebuilt again.
Joshua burned Ai, turning it into a permanent mound of ruins, and it remains so to this day.
However, Israel did not burn any of the cities that had been built on mounds of ruins, except for Hazor only, which Joshua burned.
"This Temple will become a pile of ruins. Everyone who passes by it will be so astounded that they will ask, "Why did the LORD do this to this land and to this Temple?'
"Didn't you hear? I determined it years ago! I planned this from ancient times, and now I've brought it to pass, to turn fortified cities into piles of ruins
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and as far as Naphtali and their surrounding ruins,
along with kings and counselors of the earth, who used to build for themselves what are now only ruins,
The enemy has perished, reduced to ruins forever. You uprooted their cities, the very memory of them vanished.
Hurry! Look at the permanent ruins every calamity the enemy brought upon the Holy Place.
A man's foolishness ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.
The LORD watches over anyone with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the unfaithful.
"For a man will grab his brother in his own father's house, and say, "You have a cloak, so you be our leader, and this heap of ruins will be under your rule!'
A message about Damascus: "Look! Damascus will cease to be a city. Instead, it will become a pile of ruins.
Desolation remains in the city whose gates lie battered into ruins.
who carries out the words of his servants, and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, "It will be inhabited," and of Judah's cities, "They will be rebuilt," and of her ruins, "I'll raise them up";
Indeed, your ruins, your desolate places, and your devastated land will now be too crowded for your inhabitants, while those who swallowed you up will be far away.
For the LORD will have compassion on Zion, have compassion on all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her deserts like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving, and the sound of singing. Sorrow and sighing will flee away.
"Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, and he has redeemed Jerusalem.
And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins; You'll raise up the age-old foundations, and people will call you "Repairer of Broken Walls,' "Restorer of Streets to Live In.'
They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the places long devastated; they will build again the ruined cities, they will build again the places devastated for many generations.
Our holy Temple and our splendor, where our ancestors praised you, have become a conflagration of fire, and all our dearest places have become ruins.
"I'll make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a refuge for jackals. I'll make the towns of Judah desolate, without inhabitants."
"This is what the LORD says: "I'm going to restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and have compassion on his dwellings. A city will be rebuilt on its ruins and a palace will sit on its rightful place.
"This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says: "You have seen the disaster that I brought on Jerusalem and all the cities of Judah. Look, they're in ruins today, with no one living in them,
Indeed, I've sworn by myself," declares the LORD, "that Bozrah will become an object of horror and scorn, a waste, and an object of ridicule. All her towns will become perpetual ruins."
Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a refuge for jackals, a desolate place and an object of scorn.
The towns that are inhabited will lie in ruins, because the land will be devastated. Then they'll learn that I am the LORD."'"
Israel, your prophets have become like foxes among ruins.
"Son of Man, because Tyre has been saying about Jerusalem, "The international gateway is broken down! It's wide open to me! I will be replenished, now that it lies in ruins!'
All the birds in the sky will live among its ruins, and the wild animals will forage among its branches.
"Son of Man, those who are living among these ruins of the land of Israel keep saying, "Abraham was only one man, but he was able to possess the land! As for us, we're a multitude, and the land has been given to us as an inheritance.'
I'm going to make the entire house of Israel grow every single member and their cities will be inhabited with all the ruins rebuilt.
They will say, "This wasteland has become like the garden of Eden, and what used to be desolate ruins are now fortified and inhabited."
Then the surviving people that live around you will learn that I, the LORD, have rebuilt these ruins and have cultivated these pastures that used to be desolate wastelands. I, the LORD, have spoken this, and I'm going to bring it about!'
I'm going to confiscate anything I can put my hands on. I'll attack the restored ruins and the people who have been gathered together from the nations, who are acquiring livestock and other goods, and who live at the center of the world's attention."
"The fields lie in ruins and the ground is dried up. Indeed, the grain is ruined, the new wine has evaporated, and the olive oil has run out.
Seeds shrivel within their furrows, the storehouses lie empty, and granaries stand in ruins because the grain has withered.
"At that time I will restore David's fallen tent, restoring its torn places. I will restore its ruins, rebuilding it as it was long ago,
Therefore their possessions will be seized as plunder and their homes left in ruins. They may build houses, but they won't live in them. They may plant vineyards, but they won't drink their wine."
"Is it the right time for all of you to live in your own paneled houses while this house remains in ruins?"
"You turned away in pursuit of abundance, but look at how little you found! What you did manage to bring home, I blew away! And why?' declares the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. "It's because of my house! It lies in ruins while each of you runs off to his own house!
Even though Edom may claim, "We were crushed, but we will return and rebuild the ruins,' this is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: "They may rebuild, but I'll demolish. People will call them, "The Wicked Land,' and, "The People With Whom the LORD is Forever Angry.'