The prophet is admonished to wait with faith. The enemies of God's people shall assuredly be punished.
 I will stand upon my watch, and fix my foot upon the tower: and I will watch, to see what will be said to me, and what I may answer to him that reproveth me.
Super custodiam meam stabo, et figam gradum super munitionem : et contemplabor ut videam quid dicatur mihi, et quid respondeam ad arguentem me.
 And the Lord answered me, and said: Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables: that he that readeth it may run over it.
Et respondit mihi Dominus, et dixit : Scribe visum, et explana eum super tabulas, ut percurrat qui legerit eum.
 For as yet the vision is far off, and it shall appear at the end, and shall not lie: if it make any delay, wait for it: for it shall surely come, and it shall not be slack.
Quia adhuc visus procul; et apparebit in finem, et non mentietur : si moram fecerit, exspecta illum, quia veniens veniet, et non tardabit.
 Behold, he that is unbelieving, his soul shall not be right in himself: but the just shall live in his faith.
Ecce qui incredulus est, non erit recta anima ejus in semetipso; justus autem in fide sua vivet.
 And as wine deceiveth him that drinketh it: so shall the proud man be, and he shall not be honoured: who hath enlarged his desire like hell: and is himself like death, and he is never satisfied: but will gather together unto him all nations, and heap together unto him all people.
Et quomodo vinum potantem decipit, sic erit vir superbus, et non decorabitur : qui dilatavit quasi infernus animam suam, et ipse quasi mors, et non adimpletur : et congregabit ad se omnes gentes, et coacervabit ad se omnes populos.
 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a dark speech concerning him: and it shall be said: Woe to him that heapeth together that which is not his own? how long also doth he load himself with thick clay?
Numquid non omnes isti super eum parabolam sument, et loquelam aenigmatum ejus, et dicetur : Vae ei qui multiplicat non sua? usquequo et aggravat contra se densum lutum?
 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee: and they be stirred up that shall tear thee, and thou shalt be a spoil to them?
Numquid non repente consurgent qui mordeant te, et suscitabuntur lacerantes te, et eris in rapinam eis?
 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all that shall be left of the people shall spoil thee: because of men's blood, and for the iniquity of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
Quia tu spoliasti gentes multas, spoliabunt te omnes qui reliqui fuerint de populis, propter sanguinem hominis, et iniquitatem terrae, civitatis, et omnium habitantium in ea.
 Woe to him that gathereth together an evil covetousness to his house, that his nest may be on high, and thinketh he may be delivered out of the hand of evil.
Vae qui congregat avaritiam malam domui suae, ut sit in excelso nidus ejus, et liberari se putat de manu mali!
 Thou hast devised confusion to thy house, thou hast cut off many people, and thy soul hath sinned.
Cogitasti confusionem domui tuae; concidisti populos multos, et peccavit anima tua.
 For the stone shall cry out of the wall: and the timber that is between the joints of the building, shall answer.
Quia lapis de pariete clamabit, et lignum, quod inter juncturas aedificiorum est, respondebit.
 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and prepareth a city by iniquity.
Vae qui aedificat civitatem in sanguinibus, et praeparat urbem in iniquitate!
 Are not these things from the Lord of hosts? for the people shall labour in a great fire: and the nations in vain, and they shall faint.
Numquid non haec sunt a Domino exercituum? laborabunt enim populi in multo igne, et gentes in vacuum, et deficient.
 For the earth shall be filled, that men may know the glory of the Lord, as waters covering the sea.
Quia replebitur terra, ut cognoscant gloriam Domini, quasi aquae operientes mare.
 Woe to him that giveth drink to his friend, and presenteth his gall, and maketh him drunk, that he may behold his nakedness.
Vae qui potum dat amico suo mittens fel suum, et inebrians ut aspiciat nuditatem ejus!
 Thou art filled with shame instead of glory: drink thou also, and fall fast asleep: the cup of the right hand of the Lord shall compass thee, and shameful vomiting shall be on thy glory.
Repletus es ignominia pro gloria; bibe tu quoque, et consopire. Circumdabit te calix dexterae Domini, et vomitus ignominiae super gloriam tuam.
 For the iniquity of Libanus shall cover thee, and the ravaging of beasts shall terrify them because of the blood of men, and the iniquity of the land, and of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
Quia iniquitas Libani operiet te, et vastitas animalium deterrebit eos de sanguinibus hominum, et iniquitate terrae, et civitatis, et omnium habitantium in ea.
 What doth the graven thing avail, because the maker thereof hath graven it, a molten, and a false image? because the forger thereof hath trusted in a thing of his own forging, to make dumb idols.
Quid prodest sculptile, quia sculpsit illud fictor suus, conflatile, et imaginem falsam? quia speravit in figmento fictor ejus, ut faceret simulacra muta.
 Woe to him that saith to wood: Awake: to the dumb stone: Arise: can it teach? Behold, it is laid over with gold, and silver, and there is no spirit in the bowels thereof.
Vae qui dicit ligno : Expergiscere; Surge, lapidi tacenti! Numquid ipse docere poterit? ecce iste coopertus est auro et argento, et omnis spiritus non est in visceribus ejus.
 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
Dominus autem in templo sancto suo : sileat a facie ejus omnis terra!