God Will Remove the Leaders1 For behold, the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod of hosts b is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
Both ▼ supply and support, the whole ▼ supply of bread
And the whole ▼ supply of water;
2 f The mighty man and the warrior,
The judge and the prophet,
The diviner and the elder,
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the expert artisan,
And the skillful enchanter.
4 And I will make mere g lads their princes,
▼ Lit arbitrary power will rulecapricious children will rule over them,
5 And the people will be i oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his j neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder
And the inferior against the honorable.
6 When a man k lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying,
“You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler,
And these ruins will be under your ▼
▼ Lit handcharge,”
7 He will ▼
▼ Lit lift up his voiceprotest on that day, saying,
“I will not be your ▼
▼ Lit binder of wounds, o healer,
For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
You should not appoint me ruler of the people.”
8 For p Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen,
Because their ▼
▼ Lit tongue, r speech and their actions are against the Lord,
To s rebel against ▼
▼ Lit the eyes of His gloryHis glorious presence.
▼ Or Their partiality bearsThe expression of their faces bears witness against them,
And they display their sin like v Sodom;
They do not even conceal it.
Woe to ▼
▼ Lit their soulthem!
For they have x brought evil on themselves.
10 Say to the y righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
▼ Lit the dealing of his hands, aa what he deserves will be done to him.
12 O My people! Their oppressors ▼
▼ Or deal severelyare ac children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! ad Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse the direction of your paths.
God Will Judge13 ae The Lord arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
14 The Lord af enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
“It is you who have ag devoured the vineyard;
The ah plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15 “What do you mean by ai crushing My people
And grinding the face of the poor?”
Declares the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod of hosts.
Judah’s Women Denounced16 Moreover, the Lord said, “Because the ak daughters of Zion are proud
And walk with ▼
▼ Lit outstretched necksheads held high and seductive eyes,
And go along with mincing steps
And tinkle the bangles on their feet,
17 Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs,
And the Lord will make their foreheads bare.”
18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands am crescent ornaments, 19 dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, 20 an headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, 21 ▼
▼ Or signet ringsfinger rings ap nose rings, 22 festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, 23 hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils. 24 Now it will come about that instead of ▼
▼ Or balsam oilsweet ar perfume there will be putrefaction;
Instead of a belt, a rope;
Instead of as well-set hair, a at plucked-out scalp;
Instead of fine clothes, a au donning of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men will av fall by the sword
And your ▼
▼ Lit strengthmighty ones in battle.
26 And her ▼
▼ Lit entrances, ay gates will lament and mourn,
And deserted she will az sit on the ground.
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