The judgment of Jehovah — to trample down the city of Jerusalem — the valley of vision — because of its unforgiving iniquity
The burden concerning the 1valley
What then troubles you
That all have gone up to the housetops?
You who are full of noise, you tumultuous city,
You exultant town,
Your slain were not slain with the sword,
Nor are they dead because of battle.
All your rulers have afled together;
Apart from the bow they have been captured.
All of you who were found have been captured together,
Though they had fled far away.
Therefore I said, Look away from me!
Let me aweep
Do not hasten to comfort me
About the destruction of the daughter of my people.
For there is a day of aturmoil
and trampling down and confusion
With the Lord Jehovah of hosts
In the valley of vision, a breaking down of walls
And crying to the mountains.
And Elam took up the quiver,
With chariots of men and horsemen;
And Kir uncovered the shield.
Then your choicest valleys
And the horsemen firmly fixed themselves at the gate;
And he removed the covering of Judah.
And you looked in that day
To the weapons of the aForest
While the breaches of the city of David
You saw to be many.
So you gathered the awater
of the lower pool;
And the houses of Jerusalem you counted,
And tore down the houses to afortify
Then you made a areservoir
between the walls
For the water of the old pool.
But you did not look to its very bMaker
And He who formed it long ago you did not regard.
Therefore the Lord Jehovah of hosts
Called you in that day
To weeping and to amourning
To head shaving and to wearing sackcloth.
But now there is gladness and joy,
The slaying of cattle and the slaughtering of sheep,
The eating of meat and the drinking of wine; aEating
and drinking, for tomorrow we die!
But in my ears the Lord Jehovah of hosts revealed this:
This iniquity shall by no means be covered for you until you die,
Says the Lord Jehovah of hosts.
Thus says the Lord Jehovah of hosts:
Get up, go to this steward,
To Shebna, who is over the king’s house, saying,
What are you doing here, and whom do you have here
That you have hewn a atomb for yourself here,
As he who has hewn a tomb on the heights,
As he who has cut out a resting place for himself in the rock?
Jehovah soon throws you far away, O mighty one,
And He grasps you firmly;
He will wind you up tightly;
Like a ball He will toss you into a wide land.
There you will die; and there the chariots of your glory
Will become the disgrace of the house of your master.
And I will drive you from your position,
And from your standing He will pull you down.
(Christ — a Father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the house of Judah and a peg driven into a sure place to become a throne of glory for His Father's house)
And in that day
I will call to My servant 1aEliakim
the son of Hilkiah,
And I will clothe him with your tunic,
And I will strengthen him with your girding sash,
And I will put your dominion into his hand;
And he will become a 1father
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
And to the house of Judah.
And I will set the 1akey
of the house of David upon his shoulder —
When he opens, no one will shut;
When he shuts, no one will open.
And I will drive him as a 1apeg
into a sure place,
And he will become a 2throne
of glory for his father’s house.
And they will hang upon him all the 1glory
of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all the smallest vessels, from the 2bowls
to all the jars.
In that day, declares Jehovah of hosts, the 1peg
driven into the sure place will be removed, even cut away, and it will fall; and the burden that was upon it will be cut down; for Jehovah has spoken.