Thus said Jehovah unto me, 'Go, and thou hast got for thee a
girdle of linen, and hast placed it on thy loins, and into water thou dost not
cause it to enter:'
and I get the girdle, according to the word of Jehovah, and
I place it on my loins.
And there is a word of Jehovah unto me a second time,
'Take the girdle that thou hast got, that is on thy
loins, and rise, go to Phrat, and hide it there in a hole of the rock;
and I go and hide it by Phrat, as Jehovah commanded me.
And it cometh to pass, at the end of many days, that Jehovah
saith unto me, 'Rise, go to Phrat, and take thence the girdle, that I commanded
thee to hide there;'
and I go to Phrat, and dig, and take the girdle from the
place where I had hid it; and lo, the girdle hath been marred, it is not
profitable for anything.
And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, 'Thus said
Thus do I mar the excellency of Judah, And the great
excellency of Jerusalem.
This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, Who walk in
the stubbornness of their heart, And go after other gods to serve them, And to
bow themselves to them, Yea it is -- as this girdle, that is not profitable for
For, as the girdle cleaveth unto the loins of a man, So I
caused to cleave unto Me The whole house of Israel, And the whole house of
Judah, an affirmation of Jehovah, To be to Me for a people, and for a name, And
for praise, and for beauty, And they have not hearkened.
And thou hast said unto them this word, Thus said Jehovah,
God of Israel, 'Every bottle is full of wine,' And they have said unto thee:
'Do we not certainly know that every bottle is full of wine?'
And thou hast said unto them, 'Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am
filling all the inhabitants of this land, And the kings who sit for David on
his throne, And the priests, and the prophets, And all the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, With drunkenness,
And have dashed them one against another, And the fathers
and the sons together, An affirmation of Jehovah, I do not pity, nor spare, nor
have I mercy, So as not to destroy them.
Hear, and give ear -- be not haughty, For Jehovah hath
Give ye to Jehovah your God honour, Before He doth cause
darkness, And before your feet stumble on dark mountains, And ye have waited
for light, And He hath made it for death-shade, And hath appointed it
for thick darkness.
And if ye do not hear it, In secret places doth my soul
weep, because of pride, Yea, it weepeth sore, And the tear cometh down mine
eyes, For the flock of Jehovah hath been taken captive.
Say to the king and to the mistress: Make yourselves low --
sit still, For come down have your principalities, The crown of your beauty.
The cities of the south have been shut up, And there is none
opening, Judah hath been removed -- all of her, She hath been removed
Lift up your eyes, and see those coming in from the north,
Where is the drove given to thee, thy beautiful flock?
What dost thou say, when He looketh after thee? And thou --
thou hast taught them to be over thee -- leaders for head? Do not pangs
seize thee as a travailing woman?
And when thou dost say in thy heart, 'Wherefore have these
met me?' For the abundance of thine iniquity Have thy skirts been uncovered,
Have thy heels suffered violence.
Doth a Cushite change his skin? and a leopard his spots? Ye
also are able to do good, who are accustomed to do evil.
And I scatter them as stubble, Passing away, by a wind of
This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from Me
-- an affirmation of Jehovah, Because thou hast forgotten me, And dost trust in
I also have made bare thy skirts before thy face, And thy
shame hath been seen.
Thine adulteries, and thy neighings, The wickedness of thy
whoredom, on heights in a field, I have seen thine abominations. Wo to thee, O
Jerusalem, Thou art not cleansed, after when is it again?