1Yahweh gave me another message. He said,
2“You human, turn toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy about what will happen to them, and say,
3‘You mountains and hills of Israel APO, listen to what Yahweh the Lord says to you: “I am about to send enemy soldiers with swords to come and destroy all the shrines on your hilltops.
4They will smash all the altars for worshiping idols and the altars for burning incense. And they will kill many Israeli people in front of those idols.
5Their corpses will lie in front of their idols, and their bones will be scattered around their altars.
6Wherever the Israelis live, their towns will be ruined, and the shrines where they worship idols will be smashed. Their altars will be completely smashed DOU, their idols will be completely smashed DOU, and everything that they own will become a pile of ruins.
7Many of their people will be killed; and then they will know that I, Yahweh, have the power to do the things that I say that I will do.
8But I will allow some of the Israelis to remain alive. They will escape being killed when their enemies scatter them among many other nations.
9When that happens, in those nations to which they have been forced to go, those who have escaped from being killed will think about me. They will remember that I was very grieved because of their turning away from me IDM with their inner beings, and because they very much desired IDM to worship their idols. They will ◄hate/be very displeased with► themselves because of the evil and detestable things that they have done.
10And they will realize that I, Yahweh, have punished them. They will realize that when I threatened to punish them, I surely intended LIT to do that.
11So this is what I, Yahweh the Lord, say to you, Ezekiel: ‘Wring your hands and stamp your feet and cry out to show that you are distressed, and groan about what will happen to your Israeli people MTY because of all their wicked and detestable behavior. They will be killed by their enemies' swords, they will die from hunger, and they will die from plagues.
12Those who are far from Jerusalem will die from plagues, those who are close to Jerusalem will be killed by their enemies' swords, and those who are still alive will die from hunger. That is how I will punish MTY them.
13Some of your people's corpses will lie among their idols around their altars, on every high hilltop and on all the mountaintops, under every big tree DOU—at all the places where they burned incense to honor their idols. Then they will know that I, Yahweh, have the power to do what I say that I will do.
14And I will stretch out my arm and cause your entire country to become an empty wasteland, from the desert in the far south to Diblah town in the far north. Then they will realize that I, Yahweh, have the power to do the things that I say that I will do.’ ”