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Chapter 3

3:1 For, lo, the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Is turning aside from Jerusalem, And from Judah, stay and staff, Every stay of bread, and every stay of water.

3:2 Hero and man of war, judge and prophet, And diviner and elder,

3:3 Head of fifty, and accepted of faces, And counsellor, and the wise of artificers, And the intelligent of charmers.

3:4 And I have made youths their heads, And sucklings rule over them.

3:5 And the people hath exacted -- man upon man, Even a man on his neighbour, Enlarge themselves do the youths against the aged, And the lightly esteemed against the honoured.

3:6 When one layeth hold on his brother, `Of' the house of his father, `by' the garment, `Come, a ruler thou art to us, And this ruin `is' under thy hand.'

3:7 He lifteth up, in that day, saying: `I am not a binder up, And in my house is neither bread nor garment, Ye do not make me a ruler of the people.'

3:8 For stumbled hath Jerusalem, and Judah hath fallen, For their tongue and their doings `are' against Jehovah, To provoke the eyes of His glory.

3:9 The appearance of their faces witnessed against them, And their sin, as Sodom, they declared, They have not hidden! Wo to their soul, For they have done to themselves evil.

3:10 Say ye to the righteous, that `it is' good, Because the fruit of their doings they eat.

3:11 Wo to the wicked -- evil, Because the deed of his hand is done to him.

3:12 My people -- its exactors `are' sucklings, And women have ruled over it. My people -- thy eulogists are causing to err, And the way of thy paths swallowed up.

3:13 Jehovah hath stood up to plead, And He is standing to judge the peoples.

3:14 Jehovah into judgment doth enter With elders of His people, and its heads: `And ye, ye have consumed the vineyard, Plunder of the poor `is' in your houses.

3:15 What -- to you? ye bruise My people, And the faces of the poor ye grind.' An affirmation of the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, And Jehovah saith:

3:16 `Because that daughters of Zion have been haughty, And they walk stretching out the neck, And deceiving `with' the eyes, Walking and mincing they go, And with their feet they make a tinkling,

3:17 The Lord also hath scabbed The crown of the head of daughters of Zion, And Jehovah their simplicity exposeth.

3:18 In that day doth the Lord turn aside The beauty of the tinkling ornaments, And of the embroidered works, And of the round tires like moons,

3:19 Of the drops, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

3:20 Of the bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, And of the bands, And of the perfume boxes, and the amulets,

3:21 Of the seals, and of the nose-rings,

3:22 Of the costly apparel, and of the mantles, And of the coverings, and of the purses,

3:23 Of the mirrors, and of the linen garments, And of the hoods, and of the vails,

3:24 And it hath been, instead of spice is muck, And instead of a girdle, a rope, And instead of curled work, baldness, And instead of a stomacher a girdle of sackcloth.

3:25 For instead of glory, thy men by sword do fall, And thy might in battle.

3:26 And lamented and mourned have her openings, Yea, she hath been emptied, on the earth she sitteth!

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