The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone
up to the housetops?
Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city: thy slain men are not
slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found
in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.
Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort
me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD
of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the
And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the
And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and
the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the
armour of the house of the forest.
Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye
gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to
fortify the wall.
Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye
have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it
And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to
baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and
drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall
not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto
Shebna, which is over the house, and say,
What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a
sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an
habitation for himself in a rock?
Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely
He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there
shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy
And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son
And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will
commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open,
and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious
throne to his father’s house.
And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the
offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even
to all the vessels of flagons.
In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure
place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be
cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.