18 Yet the Lord longs(A) to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.(B)
For the Lord is a God of justice.(C)
    Blessed are all who wait for him!(D)

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.(E) How gracious he will be when you cry for help!(F) As soon as he hears, he will answer(G) you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread(H) of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers(I) will be hidden(J) no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice(K) behind you, saying, “This is the way;(L) walk in it.” 22 Then you will desecrate your idols(M) overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold;(N) you will throw them away like a menstrual(O) cloth and say to them, “Away with you!(P)

23 He will also send you rain(Q) for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich(R) and plentiful.(S) In that day(T) your cattle will graze in broad meadows.(U) 24 The oxen(V) and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder(W) and mash, spread out with fork(X) and shovel. 25 In the day of great slaughter,(Y) when the towers(Z) fall, streams of water will flow(AA) on every high mountain and every lofty hill. 26 The moon will shine like the sun,(AB) and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals(AC) the wounds he inflicted.

27 See, the Name(AD) of the Lord comes from afar,
    with burning anger(AE) and dense clouds of smoke;
his lips are full of wrath,(AF)
    and his tongue is a consuming fire.(AG)
28 His breath(AH) is like a rushing torrent,(AI)
    rising up to the neck.(AJ)
He shakes the nations in the sieve(AK) of destruction;
    he places in the jaws of the peoples
    a bit(AL) that leads them astray.
29 And you will sing
    as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;(AM)
your hearts will rejoice(AN)
    as when people playing pipes(AO) go up
to the mountain(AP) of the Lord,
    to the Rock(AQ) of Israel.
30 The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voice(AR)
    and will make them see his arm(AS) coming down
with raging anger(AT) and consuming fire,(AU)
    with cloudburst, thunderstorm(AV) and hail.(AW)
31 The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;(AX)
    with his rod he will strike(AY) them down.
32 Every stroke the Lord lays on them
    with his punishing club(AZ)
will be to the music of timbrels(BA) and harps,
    as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.(BB)
33 Topheth(BC) has long been prepared;
    it has been made ready for the king.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,
    with an abundance of fire and wood;
the breath(BD) of the Lord,
    like a stream of burning sulfur,(BE)
    sets it ablaze.(BF)

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