For my people's wound is far too deep to heal. It has reached into Judah, even to the gates of Jerusalem.
Don't tell our enemies in the city of Gatha; don't weep at all.b You people in Beth-leaphrah,c roll in the dust to show your anguish and despair.
You people of Shaphir, d go as captives into exile -- naked and ashamed. The people of Zaanan e dare not come outside their walls. The people of Beth-ezel f mourn because the very foundations of their city have been swept away.
The people of Maroth g anxiously wait for relief, but only bitterness awaits them as the LORD's judgment reaches even to the gates of Jerusalem.
Quick! Use your swiftest chariots and flee, you people of Lachish. h You were the first city in Judah to follow Israel in the sin of idol worship, and so you led Jerusalem i into sin.
Send a farewell gift to Moresheth-gath; there is no hope of saving it. The town of Aczib j has deceived the kings of Israel, for it promised help it could not give.
You people of Mareshah, k I will bring a conqueror to capture your town. And the leaders l of Israel will go to Adullam.
Weep, you people of Judah! Shave your heads in sorrow, for the children you love will be snatched away, and you will never see them again. Make yourselves as bald as an eagle, for your little ones will be exiled to distant lands.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)