In that day their strong cities will be like forsaken places in the forest,
Or like branches which they forsook before the sons of Israel;
And the land will be a desolation. 10
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation
And have not remembered the rock of your strong defense.
Therefore you plant delightful plants
And set them with vine branches of a strange god. 11
In the day that you plant it you carefully fence it in,
And in the morning you cause your seed to flourish;
But the harvest will be a heap
In a day of sickliness and incurable pain.
Alas, the uproar of many peoples
Who roar like the roaring of the seas,
And the rumbling of nations
Who rumble on like the rumbling of mighty waters! 13
The nations rumble on like the rumbling of many waters,
But He will rebuke them, and they will flee far away,
And be pursued like chaff in the mountains before the wind,
Or like whirling dust before a whirlwind. 14
At evening time, behold, there is terror!
Before morning they are no more.
Such will be the portion of those who pillage us
And the lot of those who plunder us.