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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 6

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1Flee for refuge, O people of Benjamin, Out of the midst of Jerusalem! Blow the horn in Tekoa, Set up a signal at Beth‐haccerem! for evil is appearing from the north, And great disaster. 2 a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Fair Zion, the lovely and delicate, I will destroy. ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 3Against her come shepherds with their flocks, They pitch tents all around her; Each grazes c‐ Understanding yado as in Ps. 95.7 . the sheep under his care. ‐c Understanding yado as in Ps. 95.7 . 4 d‐ Lit. “Consecrate.” Prepare for ‐d Lit. “Consecrate.” battle against her: “Up! we will attack at noon.” “Alas for us! for day is declining, The shadows of evening grow long.” 5“Up! let us attack by night, And wreck her fortresses.” 6For thus said the LORD of Hosts: Hew down her trees, And raise a siegemound against Jerusalem. a‐ Emendation yields “She is the city of falseness.” She is the city destined for punishment; ‐a Emendation yields “She is the city of falseness.” Only fraud is found in her midst. 7As a well flows with water, So she flows with wickedness. Lawlessness and rapine are heard in her; Before Me constantly are sickness and wounds. 8Accept rebuke, O Jerusalem, Lest I come to loathe you, Lest I make you a desolation, An uninhabited land. 9Thus said the LORD of Hosts: b‐ Emendation yields “Glean” (singular). Let them glean ‐b Emendation yields “Glean” (singular). over and over, as a vine, The remnant of Israel. Pass your hand again, Like a vintager, Over its branches. 10 c The prophet speaks. To whom shall I speak, Give warning that they may hear? Their ears are blocked And they cannot listen. See, the word of the LORD has become for them An object of scorn; they will have none of it. 11But I am filled with the wrath of the LORD, I cannot hold it in. Pour it on the infant in the street, And on the company of youths gathered together! Yes, men and women alike shall be captured, Elders and those of advanced years. 12Their houses shall pass to others, Fields and wives as well, for I will stretch out My arm Against the inhabitants of the country

—declares the LORD.

13For from the smallest to the greatest, They are all greedy for gain; Priest and prophet alike, They all act falsely. 14They offer healing offhand For the wounds of My people, Saying, “All is well, all is well,” When nothing is well. 15They have acted shamefully; They have done abhorrent things— Yet they do not feel shame, And they cannot be made to blush. Assuredly, they shall fall among the falling, They shall stumble at the time when I punish them

—said the LORD.

16Thus said the LORD: Stand by the roads and consider, Inquire about ancient paths: Which is the road to happiness? Travel it, and find tranquillity for yourselves. But they said, “We will not.” 17And I raised up watchmen a I.e., prophets. for you: “Hearken to the sound of the horn!” But they said, “We will not.” 18Hear well, O nations, And know, b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. O community, what is in store for them. ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 19Hear, O earth! I am going to bring disaster upon this people, The outcome of their own schemes; for they would not hearken to My words, And they rejected My Instruction. 20What need have I of frankincense That comes from Sheba, Or fragrant cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me. 21Assuredly, thus said the LORD: I shall put before this people stumbling blocks Over which they shall stumble— Fathers and children alike, Neighbor and friend shall perish. 22Thus said the LORD: See, a people comes from the northland, A great nation is roused From the remotest parts of the earth. 23They grasp the bow and javelin; They are cruel, they show no mercy; The sound of them is like the roaring sea. They ride upon horses, Accoutered like a man for battle, Against you, O Fair Zion! 24“We have heard the report of them, Our hands fail; Pain seizes us, Agony like a woman in childbirth. 25Do not go out into the country, Do not walk the roads! for the sword of the enemy is there, Terror on every side.” 26 a‐ Lit. “Daughter that is My people”; so, frequently, in poetry. See 4.11 and note. My poor people, ‐a Lit. “Daughter that is My people”; so, frequently, in poetry. See 4.11 and note. Put on sackcloth And strew dust on yourselves! Mourn, as for an only child; Wail bitterly, for suddenly the destroyer Is coming upon us. 27I have made you an assayer of My people —A refiner b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. You are to note and assay their ways. 28They are copper and iron: They are all stubbornly defiant; They c‐ See note at Lev. 19.16 . deal basely ‐c See note at Lev. 19.16 . All of them act corruptly. 29 d‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. The bellows puff; The lead is consumed by fire. ‐d Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Yet the smelter smelts to no purpose— The dross b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. is not separated out. 30They are called “rejected silver,” for the LORD has rejected them.

Notes:

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c‐c Understanding yado as in Ps. 95.7 .

d‐d Lit. “Consecrate.”

a‐a Emendation yields “She is the city of falseness.”

b‐b Emendation yields “Glean” (singular).

c The prophet speaks.

a I.e., prophets.

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

a‐a Lit. “Daughter that is My people”; so, frequently, in poetry. See 4.11 and note.

b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c‐c See note at Lev. 19.16 .

d‐d Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

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