1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of the hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water,
2 [the] mighty man and [the] man of war, [the] judge and [the] prophet, the fortune-teller and [the] ancient,
3 [the] captain of fifty and [the] honourable man and [the] counsellor and [the] cunning artificer and [the] eloquent wise man.
4 And I will give children [to be] their princes, and young [fools] shall rule over them.
5 And the people shall do violence, one against another, and each one against his neighbour; the child shall rise up against the ancient and the base against the honourable.
6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, [saying], Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and [let] this ruin [be] under thy hand;
7 in that day he shall swear, saying, I will not be a healer for in my house [is] neither bread nor clothing: do not make me a ruler of the people.
8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen because their tongue and their doings [have been] against the LORD, to irritate the eyes of his majesty.
9 The appearance of their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they hide [it] not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
10 Say unto the righteous that [it shall be] well [with him], for they shall eat of the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! [It shall be] ill [with him], for according to the work of his hands it shall be done unto him.
12 The oppressors of my people [are] many, and women rule over him. O my people, those who lead thee cause [thee] to err and twist the way of thy paths.
13 The LORD stands up to litigate and is [present] to judge the peoples.
14 The LORD will come with judgment against the elders of his people and against these his princes, for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor [is] in your houses.
15 What do you mean [that] ye beat my people to pieces and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of the hosts.
16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and swaggering [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 Therefore the Lord will make bare the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will uncover that which they are ashamed of.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the adornment of [their] shoes and [their] hair nets and [their] crystals,
19 the chains and the jewels and the bracelets,
20 the bonnets and the ornaments of the legs and the headbands and the powders and the earrings,
21 the rings, and nose jewels,
22 the changeable suits of apparel and the mantles and the veils and the crisping pins,
23 the [looking] glasses and the fine linen and the hoods and the hairdos.
24 And it shall come to pass [that] instead of sweet perfumes, there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent and instead of well-set hair baldness and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth [and] burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 Thy gates shall lament and mourn, and she [being] desolate shall sit upon the ground.: