13 1Thus saith Jehovah unto me, Go, and buy thee a linen girdle, and
put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.
2So I bought a girdle
according to the word of Jehovah, and put it upon my loins.
3And the word
of Jehovah came unto me the second time, saying,
4Take the girdle that
thou hast bought, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates,
and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.
5So I went, and hid it by the
Euphrates, as Jehovah commanded me.
6And it came to pass after many days,
that Jehovah said unto me, Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take the girdle
from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.
7Then I went to the
Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it;
and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.
the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
9Thus saith Jehovah, After this
manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10This evil people, that refuse to hear my words, that walk in the
stubbornness of their heart, and are gone after other gods to serve them, and
to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is profitable for
11For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I
caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of
Judah, saith Jehovah; that they may be unto me for a people, and for a name,
and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.
thou shalt speak unto them this word: Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel,
Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we
not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?
shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will fill all the
inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and
the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with
14And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers
and the sons together, saith Jehovah: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have
compassion, that I should not destroy them.
15Hear ye, and give ear; be
not proud; for Jehovah hath spoken.
16Give glory to Jehovah your God,
before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark
mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death,
and make it gross darkness.
17But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall
weep in secret for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run
down with tears, because Jehovah's flock is taken captive.
unto the king and to the queen-mother, Humble yourselves, sit down; for your
headtires are come down, even the crown of your glory.
19The cities of
the South are shut up, and there is none to open them: Judah is carried away
captive, all of it; it is wholly carried away captive.
20Lift up your
eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was
given thee, thy beautiful flock?
21What wilt thou say, when he shall set
over thee as head those whom thou hast thyself taught to be friends to thee?
shall not sorrows take hold of thee, as of a woman in travail?
thou say in thy heart, Wherefore are these things come upon me? for the
greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts uncovered, and thy heels suffer
23Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
will I scatter them, as the stubble that passeth away, by the wind of the
25This is thy lot, the portion measured unto thee from me,
saith Jehovah; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.
26Therefore will I also uncover thy skirts upon thy face, and thy shame
27I have seen thine abominations, even thine adulteries,
and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, on the hills in the field.
Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! thou wilt not be made clean; how long shall it