1I will take my stand on my watch-tower, and station myself on a turret. I will watch to see what the Lord will say to me, what answer he will make to my complaint.
2Then the Lord answered me and said: Inscribe the vision plainly on tablets, so that even someone running by could read it.
3Though the vision waits for the time set, it hastens to fulfilment and will not fail; Though it linger long, wait for it. For it surely will come and will not be delayed.
4The the strength of the proud fails, but the upright lives by their faithfulness.
5Wealth is treacherous. the arrogant never have enough, They makes their desire as wide as Sheol, are like death, unsatisfied, For they gather to themselves all the nations, bring together to themselves all peoples.
6Shouldn't everyone mock them? sing a taunt-song against them, and say: Woe to the person who amasses what is not theirs, and loads them self down with goods taken in pledge!
7Won't your creditors suddenly rise, and those who will overthrow you awake, and you become their prey?
8For as you have plundered many peoples, the survivors will prey upon you. You have shed blood and committed violence to the earth, peoples and their cities.
9Woe to you who seeks unjust gain for your dynasty, who sets your nest on high to be safe from the reach of misfortune!
10You have planned only shame for your dynasty. You have destroyed many peoples, and brought guilt upon yourself;
11the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the timber will answer it.
12Woe to the person who builds a city by bloodshed, and founds a town by crime
13while the peoples toil for what fires will consume, and the nations weary themselves for nothing! This the Lord of hosts has said,
14and the earth will be as full of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the seas are full of water.
15Woe to him who in fury gives drink to his neighbour to make him drunk, and see him naked.
16You are filled with shame, not glory; drink yourself and be uncovered. The cup from the Lord's hand will pass in turn to you, and shame will cover your glory!
17For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, the destruction of animals will terrify you, because you shed people's blood on the earth, destroyed people and their cities.
18What use is an idol? A human made it, a metal image. It cannot speak, it cannot teach truth, Why does its maker trust it?
19Woe to the person who says to a block, awake! to a dumb stone, arise! What can it teach? It may be set with gold and silver, but there is no breath at all within it.
20The Lord is in his holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before him!