1For see! The Lord, Adonai-Tzva’ot,
will remove from Yerushalayim and Y’hudah
every kind of support —
all reserves of food and water;
2heroes and warriors, judges and prophets,
diviners and leaders, 3captains of fifty,
men of rank and advisers,
skillful magicians and expert enchanters.
4I will put children in authority;
capriciousness will govern them.
5People will oppress each other —
everyone his friend, everyone his neighbor.
The young will be insolent toward their elders,
the insignificant arrogant toward the respected.
6A man will take hold of his brother
in his father’s house and say,
“You have a coat, so rule us!
Take charge of this ruin!”
7But on that day, he will protest,
“I don’t have a remedy,
I lack food and clothing for my own house;
don’t put me in charge of people!”
8For Yerushalayim is ruined,
and Y’hudah has fallen;
because their words and deeds defy Adonai,
in open provocation of his glory.
9Their very look witnesses against them!
They parade their sin, like S’dom;
they don’t even try to hide it —
all the worse for them! —
they bring evil on themselves.
10Say that it will go well with the righteous,
that they will enjoy the fruit of their actions;
11but woe to the wicked, it will go badly with him;
for what he has done will be done to him.
12My people — children oppress them,
and women are ruling over them.
My people! Your guides lead you astray
and obliterate the paths you should follow.
13Adonai rises to accuse,
he stands to judge the peoples.
14Adonai presents the indictment
against the leaders and officers of his people:
“It is you who devour the vineyard;
in your houses is plunder taken from the poor.
15What do you mean by crushing my people
and grinding down the faces of the poor?”
says Adonai Elohim-Tzva’ot.
16Moreover Adonai says:
“Because Tziyon’s women are so proud,
walking with their heads in the air
and throwing seductive glances,
moving with mincing steps
and jingling their anklets —
17Adonai will strike the crown of the heads
of Tziyon’s women with sores,
and Adonai will expose their private parts.”
18On that day Adonai will take away their finery — their anklets, medallions and crescents, 19their pendants, bracelets and veils; 20their headbands, armlets, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets, 21rings and nose-jewels; 22their fine dresses, wraps, shawls, handbags, 23gauze scarves, linen underclothes, turbans and capes. 24Then, there will be
instead of perfume, a stench;
instead of a belt, a rope;
instead of well-set hair, a shaved scalp;
instead of a rich robe, a sackcloth skirt;
and a slave-brand instead of beauty.
25Your men will fall by the sword
and your warriors in battle.
26Her gates will lament and mourn;
ravaged, she will sit on the ground.