The Ruined Loincloth

13 Thus says the Lord to me, “Go and buy a linen loincloth and qput it around your waist, and do not dip it in water.”  So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the Lord, and put it around my waist.  And the word of the Lord came to me a second time,  “Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, rgo to the Euphrates and hide it there in sa cleft of the rock.”  So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.  And after many days the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there qthe loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.”  Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took qthe loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was tspoiled; it was ugood for nothing.

 Then the word of the Lord came to me:  “Thus says the Lord: vEven so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great wpride of Jerusalem.  10 This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, xwho stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is ugood for nothing.  11 For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the Lord, ythat they might be for me a people, za name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.

 The Jars Filled with Wine

12 “You shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, “Every jar shall be filled with wine.” ’ And they will say to you, ‘Do we not indeed know that aevery jar will be filled with wine?’  13 Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: bBehold, I will fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land: cthe kings who sit on David’s throne, dthe priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  14 And I will edash them one against another, fathers and sons together, declares the Lord. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them.’ ”

 Exile Threatened

15  Hear and give ear; be not proud,

for the Lord has spoken.

  16  fGive glory to the Lord your God

gbefore he brings darkness,

before your feet stumble

on the twilight mountains,

and gwhile you look for light

he turns it into gloom

and makes it hdeep darkness.

  17  But if you will not listen,

imy soul will weep in secret for your pride;

my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears,

because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive.

  18  Say to jthe king and jthe queen mother:

“Take a lowly seat,

for kyour beautiful crown

has come down from your head.”

  19  lThe cities of the Negeb are shut up,

with none to open them;

all Judah is taken into exile,

wholly taken into exile.

  20  “Lift up your eyes mand see

those who come from the north.

Where is the flock that was given you,

your beautiful flock?

  21  What will you say when they set as head over you

those whom you yourself have taught to be friends to you?

nWill not pangs take hold of you

like those of a woman in labor?

  22  And if you say in your heart,

o‘Why have these things come upon me?’

it is for the greatness of your iniquity

that pyour skirts are lifted up

and you suffer violence.

  23  qCan the Ethiopian change his skin

or qthe leopard his spots?

Then also you can do good

who are accustomed to do evil.

  24  I will scatter you1 rlike chaff

driven by the wind from the desert.

  25  sThis is your lot,

the portion I have measured out to you, declares the Lord,

because tyou have forgotten me

and trusted in lies.

  26  pI myself will lift up your skirts over your face,

and your shame will be seen.

  27  I have seen uyour abominations,

your adulteries and vneighings, your lewd whorings,

won the hills in the field.

Woe to you, O Jerusalem!

How long will it be xbefore you are made clean?”

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