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1 An oracle concerning the Arena of Spectacles:
Whatever is the matter with you,causing you all at onceto climb onto the housetops?
2 You resounded with loud cheersa tumultuous town, a city of revelry!But your slain were not killed by the sword;they did not die in battle! 3 Your chiefs, altogether in flight,are captured without using the bow;all of you left behind are caught easilybefore you can get away.
4 Because of this I said,
Turn your attention from me,though I weep bitterly;hasten not to comfort meat the ruin of the Daughter of my People.
5 For my Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, has in store
a day of commotion and trampling and riotin the Arena of Spectacles,a day of battering down walls,and of crying in distress, To the mountains!
6 When Elam takes up the quiver,and horses are harnessed to the chariots of Aram,aand Kir uncovers the armor, 7 then shall your choice valleys fill with chariots,and cavalry take up positions at your gateways. 8 And in the day Judea’s defensive screen is removed,you will look to the forest home as protection.
9 When you saw the city of David increasingly breached,you conserved water in the Lower Reservoir. 10 You took a census of the buildings in Jerusalem,tearing down buildings to fortify your wall. 11 You built cisterns between the wallsfor the water from the Old Reservoir,but you did not look to its Maker,nor have regard for the One who designed it long ago.
12 In such a day my Lord, Jehovah of Hosts,calls for weeping and lamentation,for austerity and wearing sackcloth. 13 Instead, there is mirth and merrymaking,the killing of cattle and slaughter of sheep,eating meat and drinking wine:Let us dine and drink, for tomorrow we die!
14 Jehovah of Hosts revealed this to my ears: Such wickedness cannot be forgiven you till you die, says my Lord, Jehovah of Hosts.
15 Thus said my Lord, Jehovah of Hosts:Go and see that steward, Shebna,overseer of the palace. 16 Say to him, What are you up to?Who do you think you are,that you have hewn yourself a tomb here,like those who hew their sepulchres up high,carving out graves for themselves in the rock?
17 Jehovah will hurl you awayas an athlete hurls a missile;he will make you soar like a dart. 18 He will bind you tightly aboutand send you spinning like a topinto an open country.There shall you die,and your inglorious conveyance thereshall be a disgrace to your master’s house. 19 I will thrust you out of office;you will be expelled from your post.
20 In that day I will commission my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah: 21 I will clothe him with your robe and bind your girdle on him; I will appoint him your jurisdiction. And he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 I will invest him with the keys of the house of David: when he opens none shall shut, when he shuts none shall open. 23 I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place, and he will be a throne of glory to the house of his father. 24 Upon him shall be hung all the glory of his father’s house: his descendants and posterity, including all the lesser vessels, from ordinary bowls to the most common containers.
25 In that day, says Jehovah of Hosts, the nail that was fastened in a sure place shall be removed. It shall be dislodged and fall, and the burden hanging on it cut off. Jehovah has spoken it.


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