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1This is what Yahweh says to me, “Go and buy yourself a linen belt, and put it on your waist, but do not put it in water.”
  2So I bought a belt according to the word of Yahweh, and put it on my waist.

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.’”

 15 Hear, and give ear; do not be proud,

 for Yahweh has spoken.


 16 Give glory to Yahweh your God,

 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.


 17 But if you will not hear it,

 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.


Say to the king and to the queen-mother,

 “Humble yourselves, sit down;

 for your headdresses have come down,

 even the crown of your glory.”


 19 The cities of the Negev are shut up,

 and there is none to open them;

 Judah is carried away captive, all of it;

 it is wholly carried away captive.


 20 “Lift up your eyes and see

 those who come from the north;

 where is the flock that was given to you,

 your beautiful flock?


What will you say,

 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?


 22 If you say in your heart,

 ‘Why have these things come on me?’

 It is because of the greatness of your iniquity

 your skirts are removed

 and your heels are violated.


 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin,

 or the leopard his spots?

 Then may you also do good;

 you who are accustomed to doing evil.


 24 Therefore I will scatter them

 like the stubble that passes away

 by the wind of the wilderness.


 25 This is your lot,

 the portion measured to you from me,

 says Yahweh,

 because you have forgotten me

 and trusted in falsehood.


 26 Therefore I will also pull up your skirts over your face

 and your shame will be seen.


 27 I have seen your abominations,

 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?”


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