2Gird up yourselves with cloths of sack and hair, bewail your children, and be sorry; for your destruction is at hand.
3A sword is sent upon you, and who may turn it back?
4A fire is sent among you, and who may quench it?
5Plagues are sent unto you, and what is he that may drive them away?
6May any man drive away an hungry lion in the wood? or may any one quench the fire in stubble, when it hath begun to burn?
7May one turn again the arrow that is shot of a strong archer?
8The mighty Lord sendeth the plagues and who is he that can drive them away?
9A fire shall go forth from his wrath, and who is he that may quench it?
10He shall cast lightnings, and who shall not fear? he shall thunder, and who shall not be afraid?
11The Lord shall threaten, and who shall not be utterly beaten to powder at his presence?
12The earth quaketh, and the foundations thereof; the sea ariseth up with waves from the deep, and the waves of it are troubled, and the fishes thereof also, before the Lord, and before the glory of his power:
13For strong is his right hand that bendeth the bow, his arrows that he shooteth are sharp, and shall not miss, when they begin to be shot into the ends of the world.
17Woe is me! woe is me! who will deliver me in those days?
18The beginning of sorrows and great mournings; the beginning of famine and great death; the beginning of wars, and the powers shall stand in fear; the beginning of evils! what shall I do when these evils shall come?
19Behold, famine and plague, tribulation and anguish, are sent as scourges for amendment.
20But for all these things they shall not turn from their wickedness, nor be always mindful of the scourges.
22For many of them that dwell upon earth shall perish of famine; and the other, that escape the hunger, shall the sword destroy.
23And the dead shall be cast out as dung, and there shall be no man to comfort them: for the earth shall be wasted, and the cities shall be cast down.
24There shall be no man left to till the earth, and to sow it
25The trees shall give fruit, and who shall gather them?
26The grapes shall ripen, and who shall tread them? for all places shall be desolate of men:
27So that one man shall desire to see another, and to hear his voice.
28For of a city there shall be ten left, and two of the field, which shall hide themselves in the thick groves, and in the clefts of the rocks.
29As in an orchard of Olives upon every tree there are left three or four olives;
30Or as when a vineyard is gathered, there are left some clusters of them that diligently seek through the vineyard:
31Even so in those days there shall be three or four left by them that search their houses with the sword.
33The virgins shall mourn, having no bridegrooms; the women shall mourn, having no husbands; their daughters shall mourn, having no helpers.
34In the wars shall their bridegrooms be destroyed, and their husbands shall perish of famine.
35Hear now these things and understand them, ye servants of the Lord.
36Behold, the word of the Lord, receive it: believe not the gods of whom the Lord spake.
37Behold, the plagues draw nigh, and are not slack.
38As when a woman with child in the ninth month bringeth forth her son, with two or three hours of her birth great pains compass her womb, which pains, when the child cometh forth, they slack not a moment:
40O my people, hear my word: make you ready to thy battle, and in those evils be even as pilgrims upon the earth.
41He that selleth, let him be as he that fleeth away: and he that buyeth, as one that will lose:
42He that occupieth merchandise, as he that hath no profit by it: and he that buildeth, as he that shall not dwell therein:
43He that soweth, as if he should not reap: so also he that planteth the vineyard, as he that shall not gather the grapes:
44They that marry, as they that shall get no children; and they that marry not, as the widowers.
45And therefore they that labour labour in vain:
46For strangers shall reap their fruits, and spoil their goods, overthrow their houses, and take their children captives, for in captivity and famine shall they get children.
47And they that occupy their merchandise with robbery, the more they deck their cities, their houses, their possessions, and their own persons:
48The more will I be angry with them for their sin, saith the Lord.
49Like as a whore envieth a right honest and virtuous woman:
51And therefore be ye not like thereunto, nor to the works thereof.
54Behold, the Lord knoweth all the works of men, their imaginations, their thoughts, and their hearts:
56In his word were the stars made, and he knoweth the number of them.
57He searcheth the deep, and the treasures thereof; he hath measured the sea, and what it containeth.
59He spreadeth out the heavens like a vault; upon the waters hath he founded it.
61He made man, and put his heart in the midst of the body, and gave him breath, life, and understanding.
64Therefore hath the Lord exactly searched out all your works, and he will put you all to shame.
67Behold, God himself is the judge, fear him: leave off from your sins, and forget your iniquities, to meddle no more with them for ever: so shall God lead you forth, and deliver you from all trouble.
68For, behold, the burning wrath of a great multitude is kindled over you, and they shall take away certain of you, and feed you, being idle, with things offered unto idols.
69And they that consent unto them shall be had in derision and in reproach, and trodden under foot.
70For there shall be in every place, and in the next cities, a great insurrection upon those that fear the Lord.
71They shall be like mad men, sparing none, but still spoiling and destroying those that fear the Lord.
72For they shall waste and take away their goods, and cast them out of their houses.
74Hear, O ye my beloved, saith the Lord: behold, the days of trouble are at hand, but I will deliver you from the same.
75Be ye not afraid neither doubt; for God is your guide,
76And the guide of them who keep my commandments and precepts, saith the Lord God: let not your sins weigh you down, and let not your iniquities lift up themselves.
77Woe be unto them that are bound with their sins, and covered with their iniquities like as a field is covered over with bushes, and the path thereof covered with thorns, that no man may travel through!
78It is left undressed, and is cast into the fire to be consumed therewith.