For my people is
foolish, they have not known me; they are
sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are
wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was
without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had
I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
I beheld, and, lo, there was
no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was
a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and
by his fierce anger.
For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it
, I have purposed it
, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be
forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy
lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and
the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that
bewaileth herself, that
spreadeth her hands, saying
, Woe is
me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.