Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah
3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth
take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the
staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.
3:2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the
prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
3:3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the
counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent
3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes
shall rule over them.
3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by
another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall
behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base
against the honourable.
3:6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house
of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our
ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:
3:7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an
healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make
me not a ruler of the people.
3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because
their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to
provoke the eyes of his glory.
3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against
them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.
Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto
3:10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with
him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the
reward of his hands shall be given him.
3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and
women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee
cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
3:13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge
3:14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of
his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up
the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
3:15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and
grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion
are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton
eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling
with their feet:
3:17 Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of
the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will
discover their secret parts.
3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of
their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls,
and their round tires like the moon,
3:19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
3:20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the
headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
3:21 The rings, and nose jewels,
3:22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and
the wimples, and the crisping pins,
3:23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and
3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell
there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and
instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a
stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of
3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the
3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being
desolate shall sit upon the ground.