See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support:1 all supplies of food2 and all supplies of water,32
the hero and warrior,4 the judge and prophet, the soothsayer5 and elder,63
the captain of fifty7 and man of rank,8 the counselor, skilled craftsman9 and clever enchanter.104
I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them.115
People will oppress each other-- man against man, neighbor against neighbor.12 The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable.
A man will seize one of his brothers at his father's home, and say, "You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!"
But in that day13 he will cry out, "I have no remedy.14 I have no food15 or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people."168
Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling;17 their words18 and deeds19 are against the LORD, defying20 his glorious presence.
The look on their faces testifies21 against them; they parade their sin like Sodom;22 they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster23 upon themselves.
Tell the righteous it will be well24 with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.2511
Woe to the wicked!26 Disaster27 is upon them! They will be paid back28 for what their hands have done.2912
Youths30 oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray;31 they turn you from the path.
The LORD takes his place in court;32 he rises to judge33 the people.
The LORD enters into judgment34 against the elders and leaders of his people: "It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder35 from the poor36 is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing my people37 and grinding38 the faces of the poor?"39 declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.4016
The LORD says, "The women of Zion41 are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks,42 flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald.43"
In that day44 the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,4519
the earrings and bracelets46 and veils,4720
the headdresses48 and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms,
the signet rings and nose rings,4922
the fine robes and the capes and cloaks,50 the purses
and mirrors, and the linen garments51 and tiaras52 and shawls.
Instead of fragrance53 there will be a stench;54 instead of a sash,55 a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;56 instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;57 instead of beauty,58 branding.5925
Your men will fall by the sword,60 your warriors in battle.6126
The gates62 of Zion will lament and mourn;63 destitute,64 she will sit on the ground.65