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Proclamation Against Jerusalem

22 The 1burden against the Valley of Vision.

What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,

2 You who are full of noise,

A 2tumultuous city, aa joyous city?

Your slain men are not slain with the sword,

Nor dead in battle.

3 All your rulers have fled together;

They are captured by the archers.

All who are found in you are bound together;

They have fled from afar.

4 Therefore I said, “Look away from me,

bI will weep bitterly;

Do not labor to comfort me

Because of the plundering of the daughter of my people.”

5 cFor it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity

dBy the Lord God of hosts

In the Valley of Vision—

Breaking down the walls

And of crying to the mountain.

6 eElam bore the quiver

With chariots of men and horsemen,

And fKir uncovered the shield.

7 It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys

Shall be full of chariots,

And the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

8 gHe removed the 3protection of Judah.

You looked in that day to the armor hof the House of the Forest;

9 iYou also saw the 4damage to the city of David,

That it was great;

And you gathered together the waters of the lower pool.

10 You numbered the houses of Jerusalem,

And the houses you broke down

To fortify the wall.

11 jYou also made a reservoir between the two walls

For the water of the old kpool.

But you did not look to its Maker,

Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago.

12 And in that day the Lord God of hosts

lCalled for weeping and for mourning,

mFor baldness and for girding with sackcloth.

13 But instead, joy and gladness,

Slaying oxen and killing sheep,

Eating meat and ndrinking wine:

o“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

14 pThen it was revealed in my hearing by the Lord of hosts,

“Surely for this iniquity there qwill be no atonement for you,

Even to your death,” says the Lord God of hosts.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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