The Lord God of Hosts said: "Go to Shebna, that steward who is in charge of the palace, [and say to him:]
What are you doing here? Who authorized you to carve out a tomb for yourself here, carving your tomb on the height and cutting a crypt for yourself out of rock?
Look, young man! The Lord is about to shake you violently. He will take hold of you,
wind you up into a ball, and sling you into a wide land.a There you will die, and there your glorious chariots will be-a disgrace to the house of your lord.
I will remove you from your office; you will be ousted from your position.
"On that day I will call for my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah.
I will clothe him with your robe and tie your sash around him. I will put your authority into his hand, and he will be like a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the House of Judah.
I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one can close; what he closes, no one can open.b23
I will drive him, like a peg, into a firm place. He will be a throne of honor for his father's house.
They will hang on him the whole burden of his father's house: the descendants and the offshoots-all the small vessels, from bowls to every kind of jar.
On that day"-the declaration of the Lord of Hosts-"the peg that was driven into a firm place will give way, be cut off, and fall, and the load on it will be destroyed." Indeed, the Lord has spoken.