1For this I will lament and wail; I will go 2stripped and naked; I will make lamentation 3like the jackals, and mourning 4like the ostriches.
5For her wound is incurable, and it has come to Judah; it has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.
6Tell it not in 7Gath; weep not at all; in Beth-le-aphrah 8roll yourselves in the dust.
Pass on your way, inhabitants of Shaphir, 9in nakedness and shame; the inhabitants of Zaanan do not come out; the lamentation of Beth-ezel shall take away from you its standing place.
For the inhabitants of Maroth wait anxiously for good, because disaster has come down 10from the LORD to the gate of Jerusalem.
Harness the steeds to the chariots, inhabitants of 11Lachish; it was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion, for in you were found 12the transgressions of Israel.
Therefore you shall give parting gifts to 13Moresheth-gath; the houses of 14Achzib shall be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel.
I will again bring 15a conqueror to you, inhabitants of 16Mareshah; the glory of Israel shall come to 17Adullam.
18Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair, for the children of your delight; 19make yourselves as bald as the eagle, for they shall go from you into exile.