Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem1 For behold, the a Lord God of hosts
is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
support and supply, ▼
all c support of bread,
and all support of water;
2 d the mighty man and the soldier,
the judge and the prophet,
the diviner and the elder,
3the captain of fifty
and the man of rank,
the counselor and the skillful magician
and the expert in charms.
4 e And I will make boys their princes,
and infants ▼
▼Or capriceshall rule over them.
5 g And the people will oppress one another,
every one his fellow
and every one his neighbor;
the youth will be insolent to the elder,
and the despised to the honorable.
6 For h a man will take hold of his brother
in the house of his father, saying:
“You have a cloak;
you shall be our leader,
and this heap of ruins
shall be under your rule”;
7in that day he will speak out, saying:
“I will not be a i healer; ▼
▼Hebrew binder of wounds
in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
you shall not make me
leader of the people.”
8For Jerusalem has stumbled,
and Judah has fallen,
because their k speech and their deeds are against the Lord,
l defying his glorious presence. ▼
▼Hebrew the eyes of his glory
9 For the look on their faces bears witness against them;
they proclaim their sin n like Sodom;
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
o For they have brought evil on themselves.
10 p Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
q for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11 r Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
12My people— s infants are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
O my people t your guides mislead you
and they have swallowed up ▼
▼Or they have confusedthe course of your paths.
13 The Lord v has taken his place to contend;
he stands to judge peoples.
14The Lord will enter into judgment
with the w elders and princes of his people:
“It is you who x have devoured ▼
▼Or grazed over; compare Exodus 22:5the vineyard,
z the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15What do you mean by aa crushing my people,
by grinding the face of the poor?”
declares the Lord God of hosts.
16 The Lord said:
ab Because ac the daughters of Zion are haughty
and walk with outstretched necks,
glancing wantonly with their eyes,
mincing along as they go,
ad tinkling with their feet,
17therefore the Lord ae will strike with a scab
the heads of af the daughters of Zion,
and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.
18In that day the Lord will take away ag the finery of the anklets, the ah headbands, and the ai crescents; 19the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; 20the aj headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; 21the signet rings and ak nose rings; 22the al festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; 23the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils. 24 Instead of am perfume there will be rottenness;
and instead of a an belt, a rope;
and instead of ao well-set hair, ap baldness;
and instead of a rich robe, a aq skirt of sackcloth;
and ar branding instead of beauty.
25Your men shall fall by the sword
and your mighty men in battle.
26And as her gates shall lament and mourn;
empty, she shall at sit on the ground.
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