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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 22

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Jerusalem

1Oracle of the Valley of Vision:* What is the matter with you now, that you have gone up, all of you, to the housetops, 2O city full of noise and chaos, O wanton town! Your slain are not slain with the sword, nor killed in battle. z Is 32. 13. 3All your leaders fled away together, fled afar off; All who were in you were captured together, captured without the use of a bow. a 2 Kgs 25, 4 . 4At this I say: Turn away from me, let me weep bitterly; Do not try to comfort me for the ruin of the daughter of my people. b Jer 6, 26; 9, 1; 14, 17 . 5It is a day of panic, rout and confusion, from the Lord, the GOD of hosts, in the Valley of Vision. Walls crash; they cry for help to the mountains. c Is 37, 3 . 6Elam* takes up the quivers, Aram mounts the horses, and Kir uncovers the shields. 7Your choice valleys are filled with chariots, and horses are posted at the gates, 8and shelter over Judah is removed.

*On that day you looked to the weapons in the House of the Forest; 9you saw that the breaches in the City of David were many; you collected the water of the lower pool. 10You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, tearing some down to strengthen the wall; 12you made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to the city's Maker, nor did you consider him who built it long ago.

12On that day the Lord, the GOD of hosts, called on you To weep and mourn, to shave your head and put on sackcloth. d Jl 2, 17 . 13But look! you feast and celebrate, you slaughter oxen and butcher sheep, You eat meat and drink wine: “Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” e Is 56, 12; Wis 2, 6; 1 Cor 15, 32 . 14This reaches the ears of the LORD of hosts— You shall not be pardoned this wickedness till you die, says the Lord, the GOD of hosts.

Shebna and Eliakim

15Thus says the Lord, the GOD of hosts: Up, go to that official, Shebna,* master of the palace, 16Who has hewn for himself a sepulcher on a height and carved his tomb in the rock: “What are you doing here, and what people have you here, that here you have hewn for yourself a tomb?” 17The LORD shall hurl you down headlong, mortal man! He shall grip you firmly 18And roll you up and toss you like a ball into an open land To perish there, you and the chariots you glory in, you disgrace to your master's house! 19I will thrust you from your office and pull you down from your station. 20On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim,* son of Hilkiah; f 2 Kgs 18, 18. 37. 21I will clothe him with your robe, and gird him with your sash, and give over to him your authority. He shall 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; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open. g Rv 3, 7 . 23I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot, to be a place of honor for his family; 24On him shall hang all the glory of his family:* descendants and offspring, all the little dishes, from bowls to jugs.

25On that day, says the LORD of hosts, the peg fixed in a sure spot shall give way, break off and fall, and the weight that hung on it shall be done away with; for the LORD has spoken.

Notes:

z: Is 32. 13.

a: 2 Kgs 25, 4 .

b: Jer 6, 26; 9, 1; 14, 17 .

c: Is 37, 3 .

d: Jl 2, 17 .

e: Is 56, 12; Wis 2, 6; 1 Cor 15, 32 .

f: 2 Kgs 18, 18. 37.

g: Rv 3, 7 .

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