Picture Study Bible with Maps and Background Information
1 - I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said, "Strike the tops of the pillars, that the thresholds may shake; and break them in pieces on the head of all of them; and I will kill the last of them with the sword: there shall not one of them flee away, and there shall not one of them escape.
2 - Though they dig into Sheol, there my hand will take them; and though they climb up to heaven, there I will bring them down.
3 - Though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out there; and though they be hidden from my sight in the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it will bite them.
4 - Though they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it will kill them. I will set my eyes on them for evil, and not for good.
5 - For the Lord, the LORD of Hosts, is he who touches the land and it melts, and all who dwell in it will mourn; and it will rise up wholly like the River, and will sink again, like the River of Egypt.
6 - It is he who builds his rooms in the heavens, and has founded his vault on the earth; he who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth; the LORD is his name.
7 - Are you not like the children of the Ethiopians to me, children of Israel?" says The LORD. "Haven't I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
8 - Behold, the eyes of the Lord the LORD are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the surface of the earth; except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," says The LORD.
9 - "For, behold, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not the least kernel will fall on the earth.
10 - All the sinners of my people will die by the sword, who say, 'Evil won't overtake nor meet us.'
11 - In that day I will raise up the tent of David who is fallen, and close up its breaches, and I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old;
12 - that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the nations who are called by my name," says the LORD who does this.
13 - "Behold, the days come," says The LORD,"that the plowman shall overtake the reaper,and the one treading grapes him who sows seed;and sweet wine will drip from the mountains,and flow from the hills.
14 - I will bring my people Israel back from captivity,and they will rebuild the ruined cities, and inhabit them;and they will plant vineyards, and drink wine from them.They shall also make gardens,and eat their fruit.
15 - I will plant them on their land,and they will no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them,"says the LORD your God.