22 1The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that
thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?
2O thou that art full of
shoutings, a tumultuous city, a joyous town; thy slain are not slain with the
sword, neither are they dead in battle.
3All thy rulers fled away
together, they were bound by the archers; all that were found of thee were
bound together; they fled afar off.
4Therefore said I, Look away from me,
I will weep bitterly; labor not to comfort me for the destruction of the
daughter of my people.
5For it is a day of discomfiture, and of treading
down, and of perplexity, from the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, in the valley of
vision; a breaking down of the walls, and a crying to the mountains.
Elam bare the quiver, with chariots of men and horsemen; and Kir
uncovered the shield.
7And it came to pass, that thy choicest valleys
were full of chariots, and the horsemen set themselves in array at the gate.
8And he took away the covering of Judah; and thou didst look in that day
to the armor in the house of the forest.
9And ye saw the breaches of the
city of David, that they were many; and ye gathered together the waters of
the lower pool;
10and ye numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and ye brake
down the houses to fortify the wall;
11ye made also a reservoir between
the two walls for the water of the old pool. But ye looked not unto him that
had done this, neither had ye respect unto him that purposed it long ago.
12And in that day did the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, call to weeping, and to
mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking
wine: let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we shall die.
14And Jehovah of
hosts revealed himself in mine ears, Surely this iniquity shall not be
forgiven you till ye die, saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.
the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto
Shebna, who is over the house, and say,
16What doest thou here?
and whom has thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out here a sepulchre?
hewing him out a sepulchre on high, graving a habitation for himself in the
17Behold, Jehovah, like a strong man, will hurl thee away
violently; yea, he will wrap thee up closely.
18He will surely wind thee
round and round, and toss thee like a ball into a large country;
there shalt thou die, and there shall be the chariots of thy glory, thou
shame of thy lord's house.
19And I will thrust thee from thine office;
and from thy station shalt thou be pulled down.
20And it shall come to
pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:
21and I will cloth him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle,
and I will commit thy government into his hand; and he shall be a father to
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22And the key of
the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; and he shall open, and none
shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
23And I will fasten
him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a throne of glory to his
24And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his
father's house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel, from the
cups even to all the flagons.
25In that day, saith Jehovah of hosts,
shall the nail that was fastened in a sure place give way; and it shall be
hewn down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off; for
Jehovah hath spoken it.