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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 9

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1I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:

Strike the capitals so that the whole porch is shaken; smash them down on the heads of the people, and those who are left a 9:1 those who are left: or their children. I shall put to the sword. No fugitive will escape, no survivor find safety. 2Though they dig down to Sheol b 9:2 Sheol: or the underworld. , from there my hand will take them; though they climb up to the heavens, from there I shall bring them down. 3If they hide on the summit of Carmel, there I shall hunt them out and take them; if they conceal themselves from my sight in the depths of the sea, there at my command the sea serpent will bite them. 4If they are herded off into captivity by their enemies, there I shall command the sword to slay them; I shall fix my eye on them for evil, and not for good.

5The LORD the God of Hosts— at his touch the earth heaves, and all who live on it mourn c 9:5 mourn: or wither. , while the whole earth surges like the Nile and subsides like the river of Egypt; 6he builds his upper chambers in d 9:6 upper chambers in: prob. rdg; Heb. stair up to. the heavens and arches the vault of the sky over the earth; he summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the earth— his name is the LORD.

7Are not you Israelites like the Cushites to me? says the LORD. Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, the Aramaeans from Kir? 8Behold, I, the Lord GOD, have my eyes on this sinful kingdom, and I shall destroy it from the face of the earth.

YET I shall not totally destroy Jacob's posterity, says the LORD. 9No; I shall give the command, and shake Israel among all the nations, as a sieve is shaken to and fro without one pebble falling to the ground. 10They will die by the sword, all the sinners of my people, who say, ‘You will not let disaster approach or overtake us.’ 11On that day I shall restore David's fallen house e 9:11 house: lit. booth. ; I shall repair its gaping walls and restore its ruins; I shall rebuild it as it was long ago, 12so that Israel may possess what is left of Edom and of all the nations who were once named as mine.

This is the word of the LORD, who will do this.

13A time is coming, says the LORD, when the ploughman will follow hard on the reaper, and he who treads the grapes after him who sows the seed. The mountains will run with fresh wine, and every hill will flow with it.

14I shall restore the fortunes of my people Israel; they will rebuild their devastated cities and live in them, plant vineyards and drink the wine, cultivate gardens and eat the fruit. 15Once more I shall plant them on their own soil, and never again will they be uprooted from the soil I have given them. It is the word of the LORD your God.

Notes:

a 9:1 those who are left: or their children.

b 9:2 Sheol: or the underworld.

c 9:5 mourn: or wither.

d 9:6 upper chambers in: prob. rdg; Heb. stair up to.

e 9:11 house: lit. booth.

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