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8Shall not the land tremble for this,
And every one mourn that dwelleth therein?
Yea, it shall rise up wholly like the River;
And it shall be troubled and sink again, like the River of Egypt.
9And it shall come to pass in that day,
Saith the Lord God,
That I will cause the sun to go down at noon,
And I will darken the earth in the clear day.
10And I will turn your feasts into mourning,
And all your songs into lamentation;
And I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins,
And baldness upon every head;
And I will make it as the mourning for an only son,
And the end thereof as a bitter day.
 
11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God,
That I will send a famine in the land,
Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the Lord.
12And they shall wander from sea to sea,
And from the north even to the east,
They shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord,
And shall not find it.
13In that day shall the fair virgins
And the young men faint for thirst.
14They that swear by the sin of Samaria,
And say: 'As thy God, O Dan, liveth';
And: 'As the way of Beer-sheba liveth';
Even they shall fall, and never rise up again.


9I saw the Lord standing beside the altar; and He said:

 
Smite the capitals, that the posts may shake;
And break them in pieces on the head of all of them;
And I will slay the residue of them with the sword;
There shall not one of them flee away,
And there shall not one of them escape.
2Though they dig into the nether-world,
Thence shall My hand take them;
And though they climb up to heaven,
Thence will I bring them down.
3And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel,
I will search and take them out thence;
And though they be hid from My sight in the bottom of the sea,
Thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them.
4And though they go into captivity before their enemies,
Thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them;
And I will set Mine eyes upon them
For evil, and not for good.
 
5For the Lord, the God of hosts,
Is He that toucheth the land and it melteth,
And all that dwell therein mourn;
And it riseth up wholly like the River,
And sinketh again, like the River of Egypt;
6It is He that buildeth His upper chambers in the heaven,
And hath founded His vault upon the earth;
He that calleth for the waters of the sea,

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