Jeremiah 13:18-27

A Message for the King and the Queen Mother

18 "Say to the king and to the queen mother, '{Take a lower seat}, for {your beautiful crown} has come down from your head.'
19 The towns of the Negev are shut up, and there is no [one who] opens [them]. All of Judah is deported; it is deported [in] completeness.
20 Lift up your eyes and see those coming from [the] north. Where [is] the flock that was given to you, {your magnificent flock}?
21 What will you say when he sets over you-- and you have taught them--allies as head over you? Will not labor pains take hold of you, like a woman giving birth?
22 And if you say in your heart, 'Why have these [things] happened to me?' Because of the greatness of your iniquity your skirts are uncovered; your heels have endured violence.
23 Can a Cushite change his skin, or a leopard his spots? [Then] you also will be able to do good, [who] are accustomed to doing evil.
24 And I will scatter them like stubble scattered by [the] wind of [the] desert.
25 This [is] your lot, the portion of your measure from me," {declares} Yahweh, "because you have forgotten me, and you have trusted in the lie.
26 So in turn I will bare your skirts over your face, and your shame will become visible.
27 Your adulteries, and your neighings, the shameful behavior of your fornications on [the] hills in the countryside, I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, [O] Jerusalem! {How long will you continue to be unclean}?"