Lift up your eyes and see those who are coming from the north.1 Where is the flock2 that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?
What will you say when [the LORD] sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies?3 Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor?422
And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?"5-- it is because of your many sins6 that your skirts have been torn off7 and your body mistreated.823
Can the Ethiopiana change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.924
"I will scatter you like chaff10 driven by the desert wind.1125
This is your lot, the portion12 I have decreed for you," declares the LORD, "because you have forgotten13 me and trusted in false gods.1426
I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen15--
your adulteries and lustful neighings, your shameless prostitution!16 I have seen your detestable acts on the hills and in the fields.17 Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you be unclean?"18