1 Flee for safety, O people of Benjamin, from the midst of Jerusalem! Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and raise a signal on Beth-haccherem, for disaster looms out of the north, and great destruction. (Jud 1:21; 2Sa 14:2; Ne 3:14; Jer 1:14)2 The lovely and delicately bred I will destroy, the daughter of Zion.
1. Or I have likened the daughter of Zion to the loveliest pasture
 (2Ki 19:21)3 Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her; they shall pitch their tents around her; they shall pasture, each in his place. (Jer 4:17; Jer 23:1)4 “Prepare war against her; arise, and let us attack at noon! Woe to us, for the day declines, for the shadows of evening lengthen! (Jer 15:8; Jer 22:7; Jer 51:27; Joe 3:9)5 Arise, and let us attack by night and destroy her palaces!”6 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Cut down her trees; cast up a siege mound against Jerusalem. This is the city that must be punished; there is nothing but oppression within her. (De 20:20; 2Ki 19:32; Isa 37:33; Eze 26:8; Lu 19:43; Lu 19:44)7 As a well keeps its water fresh, so she keeps fresh her evil; violence and destruction are heard within her; sickness and wounds are ever before me. (Ps 55:9; Isa 57:20; Eze 7:11; Eze 7:23)8 Be warned, O Jerusalem, lest I turn from you in disgust, lest I make you a desolation, an uninhabited land.” (Jer 4:7; Eze 23:18; Ho 9:12)9 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “They shall glean thoroughly as a vine the remnant of Israel; like a grape gatherer pass your hand again over its branches.” (De 24:21)10 To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it. (Ex 6:12; Isa 28:9; Isa 53:1; Jer 7:26; Jer 20:8; Ac 7:51)11 Therefore I am full of the wrath of the Lord; I am weary of holding it in. “Pour it out upon the children in the street, and upon the gatherings of young men, also; both husband and wife shall be taken, the elderly and the very aged. (Jer 8:9; Jer 9:21; Jer 20:9; La 2:21)12 Their houses shall be turned over to others, their fields and wives together, for I will stretch out my hand against the inhabitants of the land,” declares the Lord. (Jer 8:10)13 “For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely. (Isa 56:11; Jer 5:31; Jer 14:18; Jer 23:11; Jer 31:34; Jer 44:12; Jon 3:5; Mic 3:11)14 They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace. (Isa 48:22; Isa 57:21; Jer 4:10; Jer 14:13; Jer 23:17; Eze 7:25; Eze 13:10; Mic 3:5; Joh 14:27)15 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,” says the Lord. (Jer 3:3; Jer 6:6; Jer 8:12)16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Ps 116:7; Isa 8:20; Jer 18:15; Mal 4:4; Mt 11:29; Lu 16:29)17 I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’ (Isa 21:11; Isa 56:10; Isa 58:1; Jer 4:19; Jer 44:16)18 Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.19 Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people, the fruit of their devices, because they have not paid attention to my words; and as for my law, they have rejected it. (Pr 1:31)20 What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me. (1Ki 10:1; Ps 40:6; Isa 1:11; Isa 43:23; Isa 60:6; Jer 7:21; Jer 14:12; Am 5:21)21 Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will lay before this people stumbling blocks against which they shall stumble; fathers and sons together, neighbor and friend shall perish.’” (Eze 3:20)22 Thus says the Lord: “Behold, a people is coming from the north country, a great nation is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth. (Jer 1:13; Jer 25:32; Jer 31:8; Jer 50:41)23 They lay hold on bow and javelin; they are cruel and have no mercy; the sound of them is like the roaring sea; they ride on horses, set in array as a man for battle, against you, O daughter of Zion!” (Isa 13:9; Isa 13:18; Isa 17:12)24 We have heard the report of it; our hands fall helpless; anguish has taken hold of us, pain as of a woman in labor. (2Sa 4:1; Isa 13:8; Jer 38:4; Jer 49:24; Eze 7:17; Eze 21:7)25 Go not out into the field, nor walk on the road, for the enemy has a sword; terror is on every side. (Job 18:11; Ps 31:13; La 2:22)26 O daughter of my people, put on sackcloth, and roll in ashes; make mourning as for an only son, most bitter lamentation, for suddenly the destroyer will come upon us. (Es 4:1; Jer 4:8; Jer 25:34; La 3:16; Eze 27:30; Am 8:10; Mic 1:10; Zec 12:10)27 “I have made you a tester of metals among my people, that you may know and test their ways. (Jer 1:18; Jer 9:7)28 They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron; all of them act corruptly. (Le 19:16; Jer 5:23; Jer 9:4; Eze 22:18; Eze 22:20)29 The bellows blow fiercely; the lead is consumed by the fire; in vain the refining goes on, for the wicked are not removed. (Isa 1:25; Jer 6:28)30 Rejected silver they are called, for the Lord has rejected them.” (Isa 1:22; Eze 22:19)