1 The Lord Will Judge Jerusalem and Judah
1 Here is what 1 the Lord who rules over all is about to do. 1 The Lord will take away from Jerusalem and Judah 1 supplies and help alike. 1 He will take away all of the supplies of food and water. 2 He'll take away heroes and soldiers. 2 He'll take away judges and prophets. 2 He'll take away fortune tellers and elders.
5 People will crush one another. 5 They will fight against each other. 5 They will fight against their neighbors. 5 Young people will attack old people. 5 Ordinary people will attack those who are more important.
9 The look on their faces is a witness against them. 9 They show off their sin, just as the people of Sodom did. 9 They don't even try to hide it. 9 How terrible it will be for them! 9 They have brought trouble on themselves.
16 The Lord continues, 16 "The women in Zion are very proud. 16 They walk along with their noses in the air. 16 They tease men with their eyes. 16 They walk with quick, short steps. 16 Little chains jingle on their ankles.
18 At that time the Lord will take away the beautiful things they wear. He will take away their decorations, headbands and moon-shaped necklaces. 19 He'll take away their earrings, bracelets and veils. 20 He'll remove their headdresses, ankle chains and belts. He'll take away their perfume bottles and charms. 21 He'll remove the rings they wear on their fingers and in their noses. 22 He'll take away their fine robes and their capes and coats. He'll take away their purses 23 and mirrors. And he'll take away their linen clothes, turbans and shawls.
24 Instead of smelling sweet, 24 the women will smell bad. 24 Instead of wearing belts, 24 they will wear ropes. 24 Instead of having beautiful hair, 24 they won't have any hair at all. 24 Instead of wearing fine clothes, 24 they'll wear black clothes to show how sad they are. 24 Instead of being beautiful, 24 they'll have the brands of slaves on their bodies.
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