1 The burden against the Valley of Vision. What ails you now, that you have gone up to
2 The noisy city, the joyous city, is filled with turbulence. Your slain ones are not slain
with the sword, nor dead in battle.
3 All your rulers have fled together; they have been captured without the bow; all who
are found in you have been captured together; they have fled from afar.
4 Therefore I said, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly; do not insist on comforting
me because of the devastation of the daughter of my people.
5 For it is a day of trouble, and of trampling down, and of perplexity by Jehovah of Hosts
in the Valley of Vision; of breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.
6 And Elam carried the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered
7 And it shall come to pass that your choicest valleys shall be full of chariots; and the
horsemen shall surely be set in array at the gate.
8 And he uncovered Judah's covering, and you looked in that day to the armor of the
House of the Forest.
9 You have also seen the breaks in the city of David, that they are many; and you
gathered the waters of the lower pool.
10 And you have counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you have broken down the
houses to fortify the wall.
11 You also made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool; but
you have not looked to its Maker, nor had regard for Him who formed it long ago.
12 And in that day Jehovah of Hosts called for weeping and mourning, and for baldness,
and for girding with sackcloth.
13 But behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and
drinking wine, saying, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!
14 And it was revealed in my ears by Jehovah of Hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be
atoned until you die, says the Lord Jehovah of Hosts.
15 Thus says the Lord Jehovah of Hosts, Depart, go to this steward, to Shebna who is
over the house, and say,
16 What have you here? And who is here with you, that you have hewn out a tomb for
yourself here, as one who proudly hews for himself a tomb, who carves out a dwelling
place for himself in a rock?
17 Behold, Jehovah will cast you away into captivity, O mighty man, and will grasp and
wrap you up.
18 He will wind up and whirl you like a ball into a large land; there you shall die, and
there the chariots of your glory shall be the shame of your master's house.
19 And I will drive you from your position, and he will tear you down from your station.
20 And in that day it shall be that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;
21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and will strengthen him with your sash,
and I will entrust your rule into his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22 And the key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no
one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a peg in a firm place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to
his father's house.
24 And they shall hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the
offshoots, all insignificant vessels, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of
25 In that day, says Jehovah of Hosts, the peg that is fastened in the firm place shall be
removed, and be cut down and fall. And the burden that was on it shall be cut off; for
Jehovah has spoken.