Bible: 2 Kings 19:21-28

19:21 This is what the Lord says about him: 1 

“The virgin daughter Zion 2 

despises you, she makes fun of you;

Daughter Jerusalem

shakes her head after you. 3 

19:22 Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?

At whom have you shouted, 4 

and looked so arrogantly? 5 

At the Holy One of Israel! 6 

19:23 Through your messengers you taunted the sovereign master, 7 

‘With my many chariots 8 

I climbed up the high mountains,

the slopes of Lebanon.

I cut down its tall cedars,

and its best evergreens.

I invaded its most remote regions, 9 

its thickest woods.

19:24 I dug wells and drank

water in foreign lands. 10 

With the soles of my feet I dried up

all the rivers of Egypt.’

19:25 11 

Certainly you must have heard! 12 

Long ago I worked it out,

In ancient times I planned 13  it;

and now I am bringing it to pass.

The plan is this:

Fortified cities will crash

into heaps of ruins. 14 

19:26 Their residents are powerless, 15 

they are terrified and ashamed.

They are as short-lived as plants in the field,

or green vegetation. 16 

They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops 17 

when it is scorched by the east wind. 18 

19:27 I know where you live,

and everything you do. 19 

19:28 Because you rage against me,

and the uproar you create has reached my ears; 20 

I will put my hook in your nose, 21 

and my bridle between your lips,

and I will lead you back the way

you came.”

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