Say to the king and the queen mother: "Take a lowly seat, for your beautiful crown has come down from your head."
The cities of the Negeb are shut up, with none to open them; all Judah is taken into exile, wholly taken into exile.
"Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?
What will you say when they set as head over you those whom you yourself have taught to be friends to you? Will not pangs take hold of you, like those of a woman in travail?
And if you say in your heart, 'Why have these things come upon me?' it is for the greatness of your iniquity that your skirts are lifted up, and you suffer violence.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.
I will scatter you like chaff driven by the wind from the desert.
This is your lot, the portion I have measured out to you, says the LORD, because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies.
I myself will lift up your skirts over your face, and your shame will be seen.
I have seen your abominations, your adulteries and neighings, your lewd harlotries, on the hills in the field. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will it be before you are made clean?"
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)