Downfall of Jerusalem and Judah
1For behold! The Lord, Adonai-Tzva’ot, takes from Jerusalem and from Judah supply and support, every supply of bread and every supply of water,
2mighty man and man of war, judge, and prophet, fortune-teller and elder,
3captain of 50 and man of rank, counselor, crafty magician and cunning charmer.
4I will set children as their rulers. Capricious ones will govern them.
5The people will oppress one another— each one by his fellow, each one by his neighbor. The child will be insolent to the aged, and dishonorable to the honorable.
6When a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying: “You have a cloak, you be our ruler! This ruin is under your charge.”
7In that day he will protest, saying: “I’m no healer! In my house is no bread or cloak. Don’t make me a ruler of people!”
8For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah is fallen. For their tongue and their actions are against Adonai, defying the eyes of His glory.
9The expression of their faces bears witness against them. They display their sin like Sodom— they do not hide it. Oy , their souls! For they brought evil on themselves.
The Judge Arises
10Say to the righteous, he will be well, eating the fruit of their deeds.
11Oy , the wicked! It will be bad for him, for the dealing of his hands will be done to him.
12My people! Children are their oppressors and women rule over them. My people! Your guides mislead you and destroy the way of your paths.
13Adonai arises to contend a case, and stands to judge the people.
14Adonai will enter into judgment with the elders of His people and with the princes: “You have devoured the vineyard. The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15What do you mean by crushing My people and grinding the face of the poor?” says Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot.
16Moreover Adonai says: “Since the Daughters of Zion are proud, and walk with outstretched necks and seductive eyes, walking and mincing as they go, making a jingling with their feet,
17therefore Adonai will smite with a scab the forehead of the Daughters of Zion. Adonai will expose their secret parts.
18In that day Adonai will strip the finery of anklets, headbands, crescents,
19pendants and bracelets, veils,
20headdresses, armlets, sashes, perfume vials, amulets,
21rings and nose-jewels,
22festal robes, capes, cloaks, purses,
23lace scarves, fine linen, turbans and veils.
24Now it will come to pass: Instead of sweet spices there will be rottenness; instead of a sash, rags; instead of curled hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.
25Your men will fall by the sword, and your warriors in battle.
26Her gates will lament and mourn. Desolate, she will sit on the ground.