- 1The Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall take away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and prop (all supplies of bread and water):
- Hero and warrior, judge and prophet, fortune-teller and elder,
- The captain of fifty and the nobleman, counselor, skilled magician, and expert charmer.
- I will make striplings their princes; the fickle shall govern them,
- And the people shall oppress one another, yes, every man his neighbor. The child shall be bold toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable.
- When a man seizes his brother in his father's house, saying, "You have clothes! Be our ruler, and take in hand this ruin!"--
- Then shall he answer in that day: "I will not undertake to cure this, when in my own house there is no bread or clothing! You shall not make me ruler of the people."
- Jerusalem is crumbling, Judah is falling; for their speech and their deeds are before the LORD, a provocation in the sight of his majesty.
- Their very look bears witness against them; their sin like Sodom they vaunt, They hide it not. Woe to them! they deal out evil to themselves.
- Happy the just, for it will be well with them, the fruit of their works they will eat.
- Woe to the wicked man! All goes ill, with the work of his hands he will be repaid.
- My people--a babe in arms will be their tyrant, and women will rule them! O my people, your leaders mislead, they destroy the paths you should follow.
- The LORD rises to accuse, standing to try his people.
- The Lord enters into judgment with his people's elders and princes: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the loot wrested from the poor is in your houses.
- What do you mean by crushing my people, and grinding down the poor when they look to you? says the Lord, the GOD of hosts.
- The LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with necks outstretched Ogling and mincing as they go, their anklets tinkling with every step,
- 2 The Lord shall cover the scalps of Zion's daughters with scabs, and the LORD shall bare their heads.
- On that day the LORD will do away with the finery of the anklets, sunbursts, and crescents;
- the pendants, bracelets, and veils;
- the headdresses, bangles, cinctures, perfume boxes, and amulets;
- 3 the signet rings, and the nose rings;
- the court dresses, wraps, cloaks, and purses;
- the mirrors, linen tunics, turbans, and shawls.
- Instead of perfume there will be stench, instead of the girdle, a rope, And for the coiffure, baldness; for the rich gown, a sackcloth skirt. Then, instead of beauty:
- Your men will fall by the sword, and your champions, in war;
- Her gates will lament and mourn, as the city sits desolate on the ground.
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Footnotes1[1-12] Anarchy will reign in Jerusalem and Judah. In the prevailing desperation, even the most unworthy and the least qualified will be sought as rulers.
2 Bare their heads: a mark of social disgrace; cf Numbers 5:18.
3 Nose rings: of gold, a feminine ornament in the East; cf note on Genesis 24:22.
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