'Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of
your sins. You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will
store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword. You will
plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil, you will crush grapes
but not drink the wine.'
This passage shows the verdict from this divine court and, as we
see, the punishment is gradual. This reminds us of the fact that God was willing to
pardon them at any point if they would simply keep their part of the contract. This
gradual judgment begins with God removing His hand of provision from the people and ends
with them being delivered over to their enemies.