Therefore a curse(A) consumes the earth;
    its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,(B)
    and very few are left.

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My sword(A) has drunk its fill in the heavens;
    see, it descends in judgment on Edom,(B)
    the people I have totally destroyed.(C)

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28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;
    I consigned Jacob to destruction[a](A)
    and Israel to scorn.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 43:28 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

I was angry(A) with my people
    and desecrated my inheritance;(B)
I gave them into your hand,(C)
    and you showed them no mercy.(D)
Even on the aged
    you laid a very heavy yoke.

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He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;
    he has destroyed(A) his place of meeting.(B)
The Lord has made Zion forget
    her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths;(C)
in his fierce anger he has spurned
    both king and priest.(D)

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11 All Israel has transgressed(A) your law(B) and turned away, refusing to obey you.

“Therefore the curses(C) and sworn judgments(D) written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned(E) against you.

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13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse[a](A) among the nations, so I will save(B) you, and you will be a blessing.[b](C) Do not be afraid,(D) but let your hands be strong.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 8:13 That is, your name has been used in cursing (see Jer. 29:22); or, you have been regarded as under a curse.
  2. Zechariah 8:13 Or and your name will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or and you will be seen as blessed

He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children,(A) and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike(B) the land with total destruction.”(C)

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