1For look, the Master, יהוה of hosts, is turning aside from Yerushalayim and from Yehuḏah the stock and the store, all the supply of bread and all the supply of water;
2the mighty man and the man of battle, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder;
3the commander of fifty and the highly respected man, and the counsellor and the skilled craftsman, and the clever enchanter.
4“And I shall make youths their heads, and children shall rule over them.
5And the people shall exert pressure, man on man, man on his neighbour; the young rise up against the older, and the lightly esteemed against the highly esteemed.”
6When a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, by the garment, and say, “Come, be a chief over us, and let this ruin be under your hand,”
7he shall swear in that day, saying, “I am not a healer, for in my house is neither bread nor garment; do not make me a chief of the people.”
8For Yerushalayim has stumbled, and Yehuḏah has fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against יהוה, to provoke the eyes of His esteem.
9The look on their faces witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Seḏom; they do not hide it. Woe to their being! For they have brought evil upon themselves.
10“Say to the righteous it is well, for they eat the fruit of their doings.
11“Woe to the wrong – evil! For the reward of his hand is done to him.
12“My people! Youths exert pressure on them, and women rule over them. O My people! Your leaders lead you astray#See also 9:16., and swallow the way of your paths.”
13יהוה shall stand up to plead, and is standing to judge the peoples.
14יהוה enters into judgment with the elders of His people and its heads, “It is you who have eaten up the vineyard, the plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15“What do you mean by crushing My people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Master, יהוה of hosts.
16And יהוה says, “Because the daughters of Tsiyon are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and seductive eyes, walking and mincing as they go, making a jingling with their feet,
17therefore יהוה shall smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Tsiyon, and יהוה expose their nakedness.”
18In that day יהוה takes away the finery of the anklets, and the headbands, and the crescents,
19the pendants, the bracelets and the veils,
20the headdresses, and the leg ornaments, and the sashes, and the perfume bottles, and the amulets,
21the rings, and the nose jewels,
22the costly robes, and the cloaks, and the shawls, and the purses,
23the mirrors, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the large veils.
24And it shall be: Instead of a sweet fragrance, a smell of decay; and instead of a belt, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a festal robe, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of loveliness.
25Your men shall fall by the sword, and your strength in battle.
26And her gates shall lament and mourn, and she, deserted, shall sit on the ground.