1A declaration about the Valley of Vision: What is the reason that you have all gone up to the housetops?
2Is it so you may hear a city full of noises, a town full of revelry? Your dead were not killed with the sword, and they did not die in battle.
3All your rulers fled away together, but they were captured without using a bow; all of them were captured together, though they had fled far away.
4Therefore I said, “Do not look at me, I will weep bitterly; do not try to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”
5For there is a day of tumult, treading down, and confusion for the Lord Yahweh of hosts, in the Valley of Vision, a breaking down of the walls, and people crying out to the mountains.
6Elam takes up the quiver, with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir lays the shield bare.
7It will come about that your choicest valleys will be full of chariots, and the horsemen will take their positions at the gate.
8He took away the protection of Judah; and you looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest.
9You saw the breaches of the city of David, that they were many, and you collected the water of the lower pool.
10You counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you tore down the houses to fortify the wall.
11You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not consider the city's maker, who had planned it long ago.
12The Lord Yahweh of hosts called on that day for weeping, for mourning, for shaved heads, and the wearing of sackcloth.
13But look, instead, celebration and gladness, killing cattle and slaughtering sheep, eating meat and drinking wine; let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die.
14This was revealed in my ears by Yahweh of hosts: “Surely this iniquity will not be forgiven you, even when you die,” says the Lord Yahweh of hosts.
15The Lord Yahweh of hosts, says this, “Go to this administrator, to Shebna, who is over the house, and say,
16'What are you doing here and who gave you permission to cut out a tomb for yourself, hewing out a grave on the heights and carving out a resting place in the rock?'”
17See, Yahweh is about to throw you, a mighty man, about to throw you down; he will grasp you tightly.
18He will surely wind you round and round, and toss you like a ball into a vast country. There you will die, and there your glorious chariots will be; you will be the shame of your master's house!
19“I will thrust you from your office and from your station. You will be pulled down.
20It will come about on that day that I will call my servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah.
21I will clothe him with your tunic and put on him your sash, and I will transfer your authority into his hand. He will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22I will place the key of the house of David on his shoulder; he will open, and none will shut; he will shut, and none will open.
23I will fasten him, a peg in a secure place, and he will become a seat of glory for his father's house.
24They will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and descendants, every small container from the cups to all the jugs.
25On that day—this is the declaration of Yahweh of hosts—the peg driven in a firm place will give way, break off, and fall, and the weight that was on it will be cut off—for Yahweh has spoken.