O daughter of my people, put on sackcloth
And roll in ashes;
Mourn as for an only son,
A lamentation most bitter.
For suddenly the destroyer
Will come upon us.
‘Cut off your hair and cast it away,
And take up a lamentation on the bare heights;
For the Lord has rejected and forsaken
The generation of His wrath.’
“For this, put on sackcloth,
Lament and wail;
For the fierce anger of the Lord
Has not turned back from us.”
“As for you, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel
Wail like a virgin girded with sackcloth
For the bridegroom of her youth.
Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel:
“On that day they will take up against you a taunt
And utter a bitter lamentation and say,
‘We are completely destroyed!
He exchanges the portion of my people;
How He removes it from me!
To the apostate He apportions our fields.’
Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands. They covet fields and then seize them, And houses, and take them away They rob a man and his house, A man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity From which you cannot remove your necks; And you will not walk haughtily, For it will be an evil time. read more.
"On that day they will take up against you a taunt And utter a bitter lamentation and say, 'We are completely destroyed! He exchanges the portion of my people; How He removes it from me! To the apostate He apportions our fields.' "Therefore you will have no one stretching a measuring line For you by lot in the assembly of the LORD. 'Do not speak out,' so they speak out But if they do not speak out concerning these things, Reproaches will not be turned back. "Is it being said, O house of Jacob: 'Is the Spirit of the LORD impatient? Are these His doings?' Do not My words do good To the one walking uprightly? "Recently My people have arisen as an enemy-- You strip the robe off the garment From unsuspecting passers-by, From those returned from war. "The women of My people you evict, Each one from her pleasant house From her children you take My splendor forever. "Arise and go, For this is no place of rest Because of the uncleanness that brings on destruction, A painful destruction. "If a man walking after wind and falsehood Had told lies and said, 'I will speak out to you concerning wine and liquor,' He would be spokesman to this people.