The Valley of Vision

1 The oracle concerning the 1valley of vision. What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the 2housetops?
2 You who were full of noise, You boisterous town, you 3exultant city; Your slain were 4not slain with the sword, Nor did they die in battle.
3 5All your rulers have fled together, And have been captured without the bow; All of you who were found were taken captive together, Though they had fled far away.
4 Therefore * I say, "Turn your eyes away from me, Let me 6weep bitterly, Do not try to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people."
5 7For the Lord GOD of hosts has a 8day of panic, 9subjugation and confusion 10In the valley of vision, A breaking down of walls And a crying to the mountain.
6 11Elam took up the quiver With the chariots, infantry and horsemen; And 12Kir uncovered the shield.
7 Then your choicest valleys were full of chariots, And the horsemen took up fixed positions at the gate.
8 And He removed the defense of Judah. In that day you depended on the weapons of the 13house of the forest,
9 And you saw that the breaches In the wall of the city of David were many; And you 14collected the waters of the lower pool.
10 Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem And tore down houses to fortify the wall.
11 And you made a reservoir 15between the two walls For the waters of the 16old pool. But you did not depend on Him who made it, Nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.
12 Therefore in that day the Lord GOD of hosts called you to 17weeping, to wailing, To 18shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.
13 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."
14 But the LORD of hosts revealed Himself to me, "Surely this 21iniquity 22shall not be forgiven you 23Until you die," says the Lord GOD of hosts.
15 Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, "Come, go to this steward, 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 resting place for yourself in the rock?
17 'Behold, the LORD is about to hurl you headlong, O man. And He is about to grasp you firmly
18 And roll you tightly like a ball, To be 26cast into a vast country; There you will die And there your splendid chariots will be, You shame of your master's house.'
19 "I will 27depose you from your office, And I will pull you down from your station.
20 "Then it will come about in that day, That I will summon My servant 28Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
21 And I will clothe him with your tunic And tie your sash securely about him. I will entrust * him with your authority, And he will become a 29father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22 "Then I will set 30the key of the 31house of David on his shoulder, When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will 32open.
23 "I will drive him like a 33peg in a firm place, And he will become a 34throne of glory to his father's house.
24 "So they will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, offspring and issue, all the least of vessels, from bowls * to all the jars.
25 "In that day," declares the LORD of hosts, "the 35peg driven in a firm place will give way; it will even 36break off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off, for the 37LORD has spoken."