This is what the Lord said to me: "Go and buy yourself linen underwear and put it on, but don't get it wet."
So I bought underwear as the Lord instructed me and put it on.
Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time:
"Take the underwear that you bought and are wearing, and go at once to the Euphrates River and hide it in a rocky crevice."
So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.
A long time later the Lord said to me, "Go at once to the Euphrates and get the underwear that I commanded you to hide there."
So I went to the Euphrates and dug up the underwear and got it from the place where I had hidden it, but it was ruined-of no use whatsoever.
Then the word of the Lord came to me:
"This is what the Lord says: Just like this I will ruin the great pride of both Judah and Jerusalem.
These evil people, who refuse to listen to Me, who walk in the stubbornness of their own hearts, and who have followed other gods to serve and worship-they will be like this underwear, of no use whatsoever.
Just as underwear clings to one's waist, so I fastened the whole house of Israel and of Judah to Me"-[this is the Lord's declaration]-"so that they might be My people for My fame, praise, and glory, but they would not obey.
"Say this to them: This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Every jar should be filled with wine. Then they will respond to you: Don't we know that every jar should be filled with wine?
And you will say to them, This is what the Lord says: I am about to fill all who live in this land-the kings who reign for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the residents of Jerusalem-with drunkenness.
I will smash them against each other, fathers and sons alike"-the Lord's declaration. "I will allow no mercy, pity, or compassion [to keep Me] from destroying them."
Listen and pay attention. Do not be proud, for the Lord has spoken.
Give glory to the Lord your God before He brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the mountains at dusk. You wait for light, but He brings darkest gloom and makes thick darkness.
But if you will not listen, my innermost being will weep in secret because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears, for the Lord's flock has been taken captive.
Say to the king and the queen mother: Take a humble seat, for your glorious crowns have fallen from your heads.
The cities of the Negev are under siege; no one can help [them]. All of Judah has been taken into exile, taken completely into exile.
Look up and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep [that were] your pride?
What will you say when He appoints close friends as leaders over you, ones you yourself trained? Won't labor pains seize you, as [they do] a woman in labor?
And when you ask yourself: Why have these things happened to me?- it is because of your great guilt that your skirts have been stripped off, your body ravished.
Can the Cushite change his skin, or a leopard his spots? If so, you might be able to do what is good, you who are instructed in evil.
I will scatter you like drifting chaff before the desert wind.
This is your lot, what I have decreed for you- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration- because you have forgotten Me and trusted in Falsehood.
I will pull your skirts up over your face so that your shame might be seen.
Your adulteries and your [lustful] neighings, your heinous prostitution on the hills, in the fields- I have seen your detestable acts. Woe to you, Jerusalem! You are unclean- for how long yet?
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