Judah is going down
God lets Judah fall1
Look at this!
The LORD of all—of everything that exists—
Is pulling the rug out from under Jerusalem and Judah.
He’s taking everything they need to live.
Every crumb of food.
Every drop of water.
Every sorcerer and stateman.
3Every captain of 50.
Every advisor, artisan, and magician.
4God will appoint boys to rule you,
He’s putting children in charge.
5People will make life miserable for each other.
They go out to get whatever they can
At anyone else’s expense.
Young will push elderly aside.
Nobodies replace Somebodies.
“I don’t want to be in charge”
6In those tragic days, you’ll single out a relative,
Someone from your clan.
You’ll say, “Since you’re lucky enough to have a cloak,
You’re in charge. We’re living in the ruins of a demolished city,
But what’s left will be your kingdom.”
7Your relative will say,
“Hold on. I’m not going to be in charge.
Don’t ask me to put this mess back together.
Besides, I don’t have a cloak.
I don’t even have bread.
So don’t think you’re making me leader.”
And Judah fell
Because of what they said and did.
The took a stand against the glorious LORD
And they did it right to his face.
9Now look at their faces,
Written with guilt.
They don’t bother to hide their sin.
They highlight it, like Sodom did.
Too bad for them they unlocked trouble,
It’s coming back to bite them.
10Good folks will do just fine
Because they made good choices.
Now they’ll enjoy the consequences
Of what they chose to do.
11Too bad for evil people.
It won’t go well for them.
They did bad things and now those things
Are coming back for them.
12Children push my people around.
Women tell them how high to jump.
My people, listen to me.
Your leaders led you down the wrong trail.
They got you good and lost.
God takes Judah to court13
The LORD is taking you to court.
He’s standing as the prosecutor
To level charges against his people.
Against the royal families and leaders:
“You drank the vineyards dry.
You emptied the homes of the poor.
15What do you think you’re doing?
Do you think it’s okay
To crush the life out of my people?”
Those words come from the LORD of everyone.
Fancy ladies fancy this16
The LORD says,
“Jerusalem’s women are all about themselves.
They walk proudly with their noses in the sky,
Eyes forever flirting, and ankle bracelets tinkling
as they skip along their merry way.
Those proud women of Jerusalem.
They’re going to lose their hair.
God’s going to put bald heads on display." 18There’s coming a day when God will take away everything that makes these women proud: ankle bracelets, headbands, necklaces with crescent moon pendants, 19Earrings, bracelets, veils, 20Scarfs, decorative chains, sash belts, perfumes, and amulets, 21Signet rings, nose rings, 22Elegant party clothes, capes, and purses, 23Polished metal mirrors, fine linen clothes, fancy turbans, and elaborate shawls.
She wore sweet perfume.
Now she stinks.
She draped herself with a sash.
Now she’s tied up with a rope.
She showed off her fancy hairdo.
Now she hides her shiny head.
She dressed in luxurious robes.
Now she’s lucky to wear a feed sack.
Your soldiers will fall in battle.
26The very gates of the city itself
Will break down and cry,
As Jerusalem crumbles to the ground.
This is a variation of the “day of the LORD,” a common code phrase that can either refer to God coming to the rescue or God coming on a judgment day or The Judgment Day to punish people. See the note for Isaiah 2:12.
Some people wore amulets as pieces of jewelry etched with “magical” words or symbols intended to ward off evil or to give the person wearing it power over others.
Signet rings were a bit like a signature stamp. When someone wrote a letter, they rolled it up the scroll, tied it with a string, and pressed a daub of clay into part of the string. Then they pushed their signet ring into the soft clay, which pressed their personal design into the clay—like a brand. The clay dried. That kept the message private until the intended reader or a nosy neighbor broke the seal.
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