3For now the Sovereign, the Lord of hosts,
is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
support and staff
all support of bread,
and all support of water
2 warrior and soldier,
judge and prophet,
diviner and elder,
3 captain of fifty
counsellor and skilful magician
and expert enchanter.
4 And I will make boys their princes,
and babes shall rule over them.
5 The people will be oppressed,
everyone by another
and everyone by a neighbour;
the youth will be insolent to the elder,
and the base to the honourable.
6 Someone will even seize a relative,
a member of the clan, saying,
You have a cloak;
you shall be our leader,
and this heap of ruins
shall be under your rule.
7 But the other will cry out on that day, saying,
I will not be a healer;
in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
you shall not make me
leader of the people.
8 For Jerusalem has stumbled
and Judah has fallen,
because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord,
defying his glorious presence.
9 The look on their faces bears witness against them;
they proclaim their sin like Sodom,
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.
10 Tell the innocent how fortunate they are,
for they shall eat the fruit of their labours.
11 Woe to the guilty! How unfortunate they are,
for what their hands have done shall be done to them.
12 My peoplechildren are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
O my people, your leaders mislead you,
and confuse the course of your paths.
13 The Lord rises to argue his case;
he stands to judge the peoples.
14 The Lord enters into judgement
with the elders and princes of his people:
It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by crushing my people,
by grinding the face of the poor? says the Lord God of hosts.