3I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day;
4I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them, I would burn them up together.
5Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.”
6In days to come2 Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.
7Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them? Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain?
8Measure by measure,3 by exile you contended with them; he removed them with his fierce breath4 in the day of the east wind.
9Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for, and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:5 when he makes all the stones of the altars like chalkstones crushed to pieces, no Asherim or incense altars will remain standing.
10For the fortified city is solitary, a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness; there the calf grazes; there it lies down and strips its branches.
11When its boughs are dry, they are broken; women come and make a fire of them. For this is a people without discernment; therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them; he who formed them will show them no favor.
12In that day from the river Euphrates6 to the Brook of Egypt the Lord will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel.
13And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
1 Many Hebrew manuscripts A vineyard of wine
2 Hebrew In those to come
3 Or By driving her away; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
4 Or wind
5 Septuagint and this is the blessing when I take away his sin