A prophecy1 concerning the Valley2 of Vision:3 What troubles you now, that you have all gone up on the roofs,4
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you town so full of commotion, you city of tumult5 and revelry?6 Your slain7 were not killed by the sword,8 nor did they die in battle.
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All your leaders have fled9 together; they have been captured10 without using the bow. All you who were caught were taken prisoner together, having fled while the enemy was still far away.
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Therefore I said, "Turn away from me; let me weep11 bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people."12
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The Lord, the LORD Almighty, has a day13 of tumult and trampling14 and terror15 in the Valley of Vision,16 a day of battering down walls17 and of crying out to the mountains.
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Elam18 takes up the quiver,19 with her charioteers and horses; Kir20 uncovers the shield.
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Your choicest valleys21 are full of chariots, and horsemen are posted at the city gates.22
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The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah, and you looked in that day23 to the weapons24 in the Palace of the Forest.25
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You saw that the City of David had many breaches26 in its defenses; you stored up water in the Lower Pool.27
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You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses28 to strengthen the wall.29
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You built a reservoir between the two walls30 for the water of the Old Pool,31 but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard32 for the One who planned33 it long ago.
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The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you on that day34 to weep35 and to wail, to tear out your hair36 and put on sackcloth.37
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But see, there is joy and revelry,38 slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine!39 "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!"40
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The LORD Almighty has revealed this in my hearing:41 "Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned42 for," says the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
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This is what the Lord, the LORD Almighty, says: "Go, say to this steward, to Shebna,43 who is in charge44 of the palace:45
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What are you doing here and who gave you permission to cut out a grave46 for yourself47 here, hewing your grave on the height and chiseling your resting place in the rock?
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"Beware, the LORD is about to take firm hold of you and hurl48 you away, you mighty man.
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He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw49 you into a large country. There you will die and there the chariots50 you were so proud of will become a disgrace to your master's house.
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I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted51 from your position.52
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"In that day53 I will summon my servant,54 Eliakim55 son of Hilkiah.
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I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash56 around him and hand your authority57 over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
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I will place on his shoulder58 the key59 to the house of David;60 what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.61
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I will drive him like a peg62 into a firm place;63 he will become a seat of honor64 for the house of his father.
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All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots--all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.
"In that day,65" declares the LORD Almighty, "the peg66 driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down." The LORD has spoken.67
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