Contemporary English Version
8 I carefully measured out
and sent the scorching heat
to chase them far away.
9 There’s only one way
that Israel’s sin and guilt
can be completely forgiven:
They must crush the stones
of every pagan altar
and place of worship.
The Lord Will Bring His People Together
10 Fortress cities are left
like a desert
where no one lives.
Cattle walk through the ruins,
stripping the trees bare.
- 27.8 I. . . punishment: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
New International Version
8 By warfare[a] and exile(A) you contend with her—
with his fierce blast he drives her out,
as on a day the east wind(B) blows.
9 By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned(C) for,
and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:(D)
When he makes all the altar stones(E)
to be like limestone crushed to pieces,
no Asherah poles[b](F) or incense altars(G)
will be left standing.
10 The fortified city stands desolate,(H)
an abandoned settlement, forsaken(I) like the wilderness;
there the calves graze,(J)
there they lie down;(K)
they strip its branches bare.