1An oracle about the Valley of Vision.
What is wrong with you,
that you have all gone up to the rooftops,
2you who are filled with noise,
you roaring city, you party town?
Your dead weren’t slaughtered by the sword;
they didn’t die in battle.
3All your leaders escaped together
but were captured without a single bow shot.
All your escapees were bound together, even though they fled far away.#Heb uncertain
4Therefore, I said, "Don’t look at me;
let me weep bitterly.
Don’t try to comfort me
about the destruction of my dearly loved people."
5The LORD God of heavenly forces has a day of tumult and trampling and turmoil in the Valley of Vision,
a breaking down of walls,
a cry for help to the mountains.
6Elam carried the quiver with chariots and horsemen,
and Kir uncovered the shield.
7Your finest valleys were filled with chariots,
and horsemen doggedly guarded the gate.
8Judah’s covering has been stripped away.
On that day, you trusted the weapons in the Forest House.
9You observed the many broken defenses in David’s City,
and you collected the waters of the lower pool.
10You counted Jerusalem’s houses,
and you tore down houses to fortify the wall.
11You made a reservoir between the walls for the water of the earlier pool.
But you didn’t trust its maker;
you didn’t consider the one who planned it long ago.
12The LORD God of heavenly forces called on that day
for weeping and mourning, and shaven heads, and wearing of mourning clothes.
13But instead there was
fun and frivolity,
killing of cattle
and slaughtering of sheep,
eating of meat and drinking of wine:
"Eat and drink! Tomorrow we will die!"
14But the LORD of heavenly forces has revealed in my hearing:
This iniquity won’t be forgiven you until you die, says the LORD God of heavenly forces.
An administrator rebuked
15The LORD God of heavenly forces says, Go now to this official, to Shebna, who is in charge of the house, and say to him:
16What do you have here—and whom do you have here—
that you have hewed out a tomb for yourself,
you who cuts his grave on high and carves himself a home in the cliff?
17The LORD is about to hurl you down, mighty man!
He is surely going to cover you with darkness;
18he will indeed unroll your head wrapping,
rolling it like a ball into the open country.
There you will die, with your glorious chariots,
you disgrace to the house of your master!
19I will thrust you from your monument;
you will be pulled down from your platform.
20On that day, I will call my servant
Eliakim, Hilkiah’s son.
21I will give him your robe and wrap him in your sash,
and I will hand over to him your authority.
He will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
and to the house of Judah.
22I will place the key to David’s house on his shoulder;
what he opens no one will close,
and what he closes no one will open.
23I will fasten him securely like a tent peg,
and he will be a throne of honor for his ancestors’ house.
24All the honor of his household will hang on him, the offspring and the offshoots, every little dish, every bowl, every jar.
25On that day, says the LORD of heavenly forces, the peg that is fastened securely will give way; it will be cut down, and it will fall, and all the load hanging on it will be lost. The LORD has spoken.