A.(1) O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem:
B. for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction. (2) I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman. (3) The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shall feed every one in his place.
C.(4) Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon.
D. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.
C’.(5) Arise, and let us go by night,
B’. and let us destroy her palaces.
A’.(6) For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be visited; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.