The Passion Translation
8 No, but with measured justice
he exiled them and contended with them.[a]
He removed them from the land with his severe blast
on the day his searing east wind blew.
9 By the mercy of Yahweh the guilt of Jacob will be forgiven.[b]
Yet the full proof of their forgiveness will be
when they crush all the altars to false gods
and make them into chalkstones, crushed to pieces,
with neither cultic poles nor incense altars still standing.
10 The fortified city lies in ruins,
forsaken and deserted like a wilderness.
Cattle graze there and lie down,
chewing on twigs and branches.