Say to the king1 and to the queen mother,2 "Come down from your thrones, for your glorious crowns3 will fall from your heads."
The cities in the Negev will be shut up, and there will be no one to open them. All Judah4 will be carried into exile, carried completely away.
Lift up your eyes and see those who are coming from the north.5 Where is the flock6 that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?
What will you say when [the LORD] sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies?7 Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor?822
And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?"9-- it is because of your many sins10 that your skirts have been torn off11 and your body mistreated.1223
Can the Ethiopiana change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.1324
"I will scatter you like chaff14 driven by the desert wind.1525
This is your lot, the portion16 I have decreed for you," declares the LORD, "because you have forgotten17 me and trusted in false gods.1826
I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen19--
your adulteries and lustful neighings, your shameless prostitution!20 I have seen your detestable acts on the hills and in the fields.21 Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you be unclean?"22