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A Prophecy About Jerusalem

22 A prophecyd against the Valleye of Vision:f

What troubles you now,

that you have all gone up on the roofs,g

you town so full of commotion,

you city of tumulth and revelry?i

Your slainj were not killed by the sword,k

nor did they die in battle.

All your leaders have fledl together;

they have been capturedm without using the bow.

All you who were caught were taken prisoner together,

having fled while the enemy was still far away.

Therefore I said, “Turn away from me;

let me weepn bitterly.

Do not try to console me

over the destruction of my people.”o

The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a dayp

of tumult and tramplingq and terrorr

in the Valley of Vision,s

a day of battering down wallst

and of crying out to the mountains.

Elamu takes up the quiver,v

with her charioteers and horses;

Kirw uncovers the shield.

Your choicest valleysx are full of chariots,

and horsemen are posted at the city gates.y

The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah,

and you looked in that dayz

to the weaponsa in the Palace of the Forest.b

You saw that the walls of the City of David

were broken throughc in many places;

you stored up water

in the Lower Pool.d

10 You counted the buildings in Jerusalem

and tore down housese to strengthen the wall.f

11 You built a reservoir between the two wallsg

for the water of the Old Pool,h

but you did not look to the One who made it,

or have regardi for the One who plannedj it long ago.

12 The Lord, the Lord Almighty,

called you on that dayk

to weepl and to wail,

to tear out your hairm and put on sackcloth.n

13 But see, there is joy and revelry,o

slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep,

eating of meat and drinking of wine!p

“Let us eat and drink,” you say,

“for tomorrow we die!”q

14 The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing:r “Till your dying day this sin will not be atoneds for,” says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

15 This is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says:

“Go, say to this steward,

to Shebnat the palaceu administrator:v

16 What are you doing here and who gave you permission

to cut out a gravew for yourselfx here,

hewing your grave on the height

and chiseling your resting place in the rock?

17 “Beware, the Lord is about to take firm hold of you

and hurly you away, you mighty man.

18 He will roll you up tightly like a ball

and throwz you into a large country.

There you will die

and there the chariotsa you were so proud of

will become a disgrace to your master’s house.

19 I will depose you from your office,

and you will be oustedb from your position.c

20 “In that dayd I will summon my servant,e Eliakimf son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sashg around him and hand your authorityh over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulderi the keyj to the house of David;k what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.l 23 I will drive him like a pegm into a firm place;n he will become a seata of honoro for the house of his father. 24 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.

25 “In that day,p” declares the Lord Almighty, “the pegq 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.r


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