This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Consider now! Call for the wailing women1 to come; send for the most skillful of them.
Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.219
The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: 'How ruined3 we are! How great is our shame! We must leave our land because our houses are in ruins.' "
Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of his mouth.4 Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.521
Death has climbed in through our windows6 and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets and the young men7 from the public squares.
Say, "This is what the LORD declares: " 'The dead bodies of men will lie like refuse8 on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.' "
This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom9 or the strong man boast of his strength10 or the rich man boast of his riches,1124
but let him who boasts boast12 about this: that he understands and knows13 me, that I am the LORD,14 who exercises kindness,15 justice and righteousness16 on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh17--
Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places.a18 For all these nations are really uncircumcised,19 and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.20"