The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?
Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuouscity, a joyouscity: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
All thy rulers are fledtogether, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are boundtogether, which have fled from far.
Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep[a]bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the LordGOD of hosts in the valley of vision,breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.
And Elambare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kiruncovered[b] the shield.
And it shall come to pass, that thy choicestvalleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.
Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lowerpool.
And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the oldpool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.
And in that day did the LordGOD of hostscall to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
And behold joy and gladness,slayingoxen, and killingsheep,eatingflesh, and drinkingwine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the LordGOD of hosts.
Thus saith the LordGOD of hosts,Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,
What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchrehere, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?
Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mightycaptivity, and will surelycover thee.
He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large[c]*country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord'shouse.
And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servantEliakim the son of Hilkiah:
And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
And I will fasten him as a nail in a sureplace; and he shall be for a gloriousthrone to his father'shouse.
And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father'shouse, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.[d]
In that day,saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sureplace be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.