Like a strong east wind, I will scatter them [C the people of Judah] before their enemies. ·At that awful time [L In the day of their calamity] ·they will not see me coming to help them; they will see me leaving [L I will show them my back and not my face].”
God’s Message: “Ask around. Survey the godless nations. Has anyone heard the likes of this? Virgin Israel has become a slut! Does snow disappear from the Lebanon peaks? Do alpine streams run dry? But my people have left me to worship the Big Lie. They’ve gotten off the track, the old, well-worn trail, And now bushwhack through underbrush in a tangle of roots and vines. Their land’s going to end up a mess— a fool’s memorial to be spit on. Travelers passing through will shake their heads in disbelief. I’ll scatter my people before their enemies, like autumn leaves in a high wind. On their day of doom, they’ll stare at my back as I walk away, catching not so much as a glimpse of my face.”
As the strong east wind off the desert scatters the dust, so I will scatter My people before their enemies. Just as they turned from Me, now I will turn from them. I will not even look their way on the day of their disaster.
As a burning wind I shall scatter them before the enemy (Like a burning wind I shall scatter them before the enemy); I shall show to them the back and not the face, in the day of the perdition of them.
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