This is what the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] says: “Cut down the trees [C around Jerusalem], and ·build an attack ramp to the top of its walls [throw up a siege ramp]. This city must be punished. Inside it is nothing but ·slavery [oppression]
This is what the Lord of heaven’s armies says: “Cut down the trees around Jerusalem. Build an attack ramp to the top of Jerusalem’s walls. This city must be punished! Inside this city is nothing but slavery.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies gave the orders: “Chop down her trees. Build a siege ramp against Jerusalem, A city full of brutality, bursting with violence. Just as a well holds a good supply of water, she supplies wickedness nonstop. The streets echo the cries: ‘Violence! Rape!’ Victims, bleeding and moaning, lie all over the place. You’re in deep trouble, Jerusalem. You’ve pushed me to the limit. You’re on the brink of being wiped out, being turned into a ghost town.”
All of this is because the Lord who rules over all has said: ‘Cut down the trees around Jerusalem and build up a siege ramp against its walls. This is the city which is to be punished. Nothing but oppression happens in it.
The Lord who rules over all speaks to the Babylonians. He says, “Cut down some trees. Use the wood to build ramps against Jerusalem’s walls. I must punish that city. It is filled with people who treat others badly.
For the Lord of All says, “Cut down her trees, and build a battle-wall against Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished. There is nothing but a sinful power that makes hard times for others within her.
This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “Cut down the trees for battering rams. Build siege ramps against the walls of Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished, for she is wicked through and through.
For thus hath Hashem Tzva’os said, Cut ye down trees, and throw up a solelah (siege ramp) against Yerushalayim; this is the Ir that must be visited [for punishment]; oshek (oppression) is rampant within her.
This is what the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, decrees. Eternal One: Cut down her trees—make battering rams and siege ramps— for Jerusalem will soon be under attack. Swarm over those walls, you invading hoards, and punish My Jerusalem, the city of oppression.
For the Lord of hosts saith these things, Cut ye down the tree(s) thereof, and shed ye earth about Jerusalem; this is the city of visitation; all false challenge is in the midst thereof. (For the Lord of hosts saith these things, Cut ye down its trees, and heap ye earth all around Jerusalem; this is the city to be punished; for oppression is widespread in its midst.)
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