3 1For, behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, doth take away from
Jerusalem and from Judah stay and staff, the whole stay of bread, and the
whole stay of water;
2the mighty man, and the man of war; the judge, and
the prophet, and the diviner, and the elder;
3the captain of fifty, and
the honorable man, and the counsellor, and the expert artificer, and the
4And I will give children to be their princes, and
babes shall rule over them.
5And the people shall be oppressed, every one
by another, and every one by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself
proudly against the old man, and the base against the honorable.
man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father,
saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be
under thy hand;
7in that day shall he lift up his voice, saying,
I will not be a healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: ye
shall not make me ruler of the people.
8For Jerusalem is ruined, and
Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against Jehovah,
to provoke the eyes of his glory.
9The show of their countenance doth
witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.
Woe unto their soul! for they have done evil unto themselves.
10Say ye of
the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall
eat the fruit of their doings.
11Woe unto the wicked! it shall be
ill with him; for what his hands have done shall be done unto him.
12As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over
them. O my people, they that lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way
of thy paths.
13Jehovah standeth up to contend, and standeth to judge the
14Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders of his
people, and the princes thereof: It is ye that have eaten up the vineyard;
the spoil of the poor is in your houses:
15what mean ye that ye crush my
people, and grind the face of the poor? saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.
16Moreover Jehovah said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and
walk with outstretched necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go,
and making a tinkling with their feet;
17therefore the Lord will smite
with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and Jehovah will
lay bare their secret parts.
18In that day the Lord will take away the
beauty of their anklets, and the cauls, and the crescents;
pendants, and the bracelets, and the mufflers;
20the headtires, and the
ankle chains, and the sashes, and the perfume-boxes, and the amulets;
21the rings, and the nose-jewels;
22the festival robes, and the
mantles, and the shawls, and the satchels;
23the hand-mirrors, and the
fine linen, and the turbans, and the veils.
24And it shall come to pass,
that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a
girdle, a rope; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a
robe, a girding of sackcloth; branding instead of beauty.
25Thy men shall
fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26And her gates shall
lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate and sit upon the ground.