Because of this I will weep1 and wail; I will go about barefoot2 and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl.
For her wound3 is incurable;4 it has come to Judah.5 Ita has reached the very gate6 of my people, even to Jerusalem itself.
Tell it not in Gathb; weep not at all.c In Beth Ophrahd roll in the dust.
Pass on in nakedness7 and shame, you who live in Shaphir.e Those who live in Zaananf will not come out. Beth Ezel is in mourning; its protection is taken from you.
Those who live in Marothg writhe in pain, waiting for relief,8 because disaster9 has come from the LORD, even to the gate of Jerusalem.
You who live in Lachish,h10 harness the team to the chariot. You were the beginning of sin to the Daughter of Zion,11 for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
Therefore you will give parting gifts12 to Moresheth13 Gath. The town of Aczibi14 will prove deceptive15 to the kings of Israel.
I will bring a conqueror against you who live in Mareshah.j16 He who is the glory of Israel will come to Adullam.1716
Shave18 your heads in mourning for the children in whom you delight; make yourselves as bald as the vulture, for they will go from you into exile.19