3The word of Yahweh came to me the second time, saying,
4“Take the belt that you have bought that is on your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks.”
5So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as Yahweh commanded me.
6It came to pass after many days that Yahweh said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the belt that I commanded you to hide there.”
7Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and took the belt from the place where I had hidden it; and behold, the belt was ruined; it was good for nothing.
8Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
9“This is what Yahweh says: In this way I will ruin the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10This evil people who refuse to hear my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and to worship them, will even be as this belt, which is good for nothing.
11For as the belt clings to the waist of a man, so have I caused to cling to me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, says Yahweh, that they may be to me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory, but they would not hear.
12Therefore you are to speak to them this word: ‘This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: “Every skin-bottle should be filled with wine.”’ And they will tell you, ‘Do we not certainly know that every skin-bottle should be filled with wine?’
13Then you will tell them, ‘This is what Yahweh says: Behold, I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings who sit on David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.
14I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, says Yahweh; I will not pity, nor spare, nor have compassion, that I should not destroy them.’”
for Yahweh has spoken.
before he causes darkness,
and before your feet stumble
on the dark mountains,
and while you look for light,
he turns it into the shadow of death
and makes it deep darkness.
my soul will weep in secret
for your pride,
and my eye will weep bitterly and run down with tears,
because Yahweh’s flock is taken captive.
and there is none to open them;
Judah is carried away captive, all of it;
it is wholly carried away captive.
those who come from the north;
where is the flock that was given to you,
your beautiful flock?
when he sets over you as head
those whom you have yourself taught to be friends to you?
Will not sorrows take hold of you,
as of a woman in travail?
‘Why have these things come on me?’
Because of the greatness of your iniquity
your skirts are uncovered,
and your heels suffer violence.
or the leopard his spots?
Then may you also do good;
you who are accustomed to doing evil.
as the stubble that passes away,
by the wind of the wilderness.
the portion measured to you from me,
because you have forgotten me
and trusted in falsehood.
even your adulteries, and your neighing,
the lewdness of your prostitution,
on the hills in the field.
Woe to you, Jerusalem!
You will not be made clean;
how long will it yet be?”