1On that day the Lord with his relentless, large, strong sword will bring judgment on Leviathan, the fleeing serpent — Leviathan, the twisting serpent. He will slay the monster that is in the sea.
The Lord’s Vineyard
2On that day
sing about a desirable vineyard:
3I am the Lord, who watches over it
to water it regularly.
So that no one disturbs it,
I watch over it night and day.
4I am not angry.
If only there were thorns and briers for me to battle,
I would trample them
and burn them to the ground.
5Or let it take hold of my strength;
let it make peace with me —
make peace with me.
6In days to come, Jacob will take root.
Israel will blossom and bloom
and fill the whole world with fruit.
7Did the Lord strike Israel
as he struck the one who struck Israel?
Was Israel killed like those killed by the Lord?
8You disputed with Israel
by banishing and driving her away.
He removed her with his severe storm
on the day of the east wind.
9Therefore Jacob’s iniquity will be atoned for in this way,
and the result of the removal of his sin will be this:
when he makes all the altar stones
like crushed bits of chalk,
no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing.
10For the fortified city will be desolate,
pastures deserted and abandoned like a wilderness.
Calves will graze there,
and there they will spread out and strip its branches.
11When its branches dry out, they will be broken off.
Women will come and make fires with them,
for they are not a people with understanding.
Therefore their Maker will not have compassion on them,
and their Creator will not be gracious to them.
12On that day
the Lord will thresh grain from the Euphrates River
as far as the Wadi of Egypt,
and you Israelites will be gathered one by one.
13On that day
a great ram’s horn will be blown,
and those lost in the land of Assyria will come,
as well as those dispersed in the land of Egypt;
and they will worship the Lord
at Jerusalem on the holy mountain.