Because of this I will lament and wail; I will walk barefoot and naked.a I will howl like the jackals and mourn like ostriches.b9
For her wound is incurable and has reached even Judah; it has approached the gate of my people, as far as Jerusalem.
Don't announce it in Gath,c don't weep at all. In Beth-leaphrah roll in the dust.
Depart in shameful nakedness, you residents of Shaphir; the residents of Zaanan will not come out. Beth-ezel is lamenting; its supportd is taken from you.
Though the residents of Maroth anxiously wait for something good, calamity has come from the Lord to the gate of Jerusalem.
Harness the horses to the chariot, you residents of Lachish. This was the beginning of sin for Daughter Zion, because Israel's acts of rebellion can be traced to you.
Therefore, send farewell gifts to Moresheth-gath; the houses of Achzib are a deception to the kings of Israel.
I will again bring a conqueror against you who live in Mareshah. The nobilitye of Israel will come to Adullam.f16
Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hairg in sorrow for your precious children; make yourselves as bald as an eagle, for they have been taken from you into exile.