The aoracle concerning the 1valley of vision. What is the matter with you now, that you have allgone up to the 2housetops?
You who were full of noise, You boisteroustown, you 3exultantcity; Your slain were 4not slain with the sword, Norbdid they die in battle.
35All your rulers have fledtogether, And have been capturedcwithout the bow; All of you who were found were takencaptivetogether, dThough they had fledfar away.
4Therefore I say, "Turn your eyesaway from me, Let me 6weepbitterly, Do not etry to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people."
57For the LordfGOD of hosts has a 8day of panic, 9subjugation and confusion10In the valley of vision, A breakingdown of walls And a cryinggto the mountain.
611Elamtook up the quiver With the chariots, hinfantry and horsemen; And 12Kiruncovered the shield.
Then your choicestvalleys were full of chariots, And the horsementook up fixedpositions at the gate.
And He removed the idefense of Judah. In that day you jdepended on the weapons of the 13house of the forest,
And you saw that the breaches In the wall of the city of David were many; And you 14collected the waters of the lowerpool.
Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem And toredownhouses to fortify the wall.
And you made a reservoir15between the twowalls For the waters of the 16oldpool. But you did not kdepend on Him who made it, Nor did you ltake into consideration Him who planned it longago.
Therefore in that day the LordmGOD of hostscalled you to 17weeping, to wailing, To 18shaving the head and to wearingsackcloth.
Instead, there is 19gaiety and gladness, Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep, Eating of meat and drinking of wine: "20Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die."
But the LORD of hostsrevealed Himself nto me, "Surelythis21iniquity22shall not be oforgiven you 23Until you die," says the LordpGOD of hosts.
15Thussays the LordqGOD of hosts, "Come, go to thissteward, To 24Shebna, who is in charge of the royal household,
16'What right do you have here, And whom do you have here, That you have 25hewn a tomb for yourself here, You who hew a tomb on the height, You who carve a restingplace for ryourself in the rock?
17'Behold, the LORD is about to hurl you headlong, O man. And He is about to grasp you firmly18
And roll you tightly like a ball, To be 26cast into a vastcountry; There you will die And there your splendidchariots will be, You shame of your master'shouse.'
"I will 27depose you from your office, And sI will pull you down from your station.
"Then it will come about in that day, That I will summon My servant28Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
And I will clothe him with your tunic And tie your sashsecurely about him. I will entrust him with your tauthority, And he will become a 29father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
"Then I will set30the key of the 31house of David on his shoulder, When he opensnoone will shut, When he shutsnoone will 32open.
"I will drive him like a 33peg in a firmplace, And he will become a 34throne of glory to his father'shouse.
"So they will hang on him all the glory of his father'shouse, offspring and uissue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars.
"In that day," declares the LORD of hosts, "the 35pegdriven in a firmplace will giveway; it will even 36breakoff and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cutoff, for the 37LORD has spoken."