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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 3

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Judgment of Judah and Jerusalem

1The Lord, the LORD of hosts,* shall take away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and prop [all supplies of bread and water]: t Lv 26, 26; Ez 4, 16 . 2Hero and warrior, judge and prophet, fortune‐teller and elder, 3The captain of fifty and the nobleman, counselor, skilled magician, and expert charmer. 4I will make striplings their princes; the fickle shall govern them, 5And the people shall oppress one another, yes, every man his neighbor. The child shall be bold toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable. 6When a man seizes his brother in his father's house, saying, “You have clothes! Be our ruler, and take in hand this ruin!”— 7Then shall he answer in that day: “I will not undertake to cure this, when in my own house there is no bread or clothing! You shall not make me ruler of the people.”

8Jerusalem is crumbling, Judah is falling; for their speech and their deeds are before the LORD, a provocation in the sight of his majesty. 9Their very look bears witness against them; their sin like Sodom they vaunt, They hide it not. Woe to them! they deal out evil to themselves. 10Happy the just, for it will be well with them, the fruit of their works they will eat. 11Woe to the wicked man! All goes ill, with the work of his hands he will be repaid. 12My people—a babe in arms will be their tyrant, and women will rule them! O my people, your leaders mislead, they destroy the paths you should follow.

13The LORD rises to accuse, standing to try his people. 14The Lord enters into judgment with his people's elders and princes: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the loot wrested from the poor is in your houses. 15What do you mean by crushing my people, and grinding down the poor when they look to you? says the Lord, the God of hosts. u Lv 25, 42. 55 . 16The LORD said: v 16ff: Is 32, 11f . Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with necks outstretched Ogling and mincing as they go, their anklets tinkling with every step, 17The Lord shall cover the scalps of Zion's daughters with scabs, and the LORD shall bare their heads.*

18On that day the LORD will do away with the finery of the anklets, sunbursts, and crescents; 19the pendants, bracelets, and veils; 20the headdresses, bangles, cinctures, perfume boxes, and amulets; 21the signet rings, and the nose rings;* 22the court dresses, wraps, cloaks, and purses; 23the mirrors, linen tunics, turbans, and shawls.

24Instead of perfume there will be stench, instead of the girdle, a rope, And for the coiffure, baldness; for the rich gown, a sackcloth skirt. Then, instead of beauty: 25Your men will fall by the sword, and your champions, in war; 26Her gates will lament and mourn, as the city sits desolate on the ground.

Notes:

t: Lv 26, 26; Ez 4, 16 .

u: Lv 25, 42. 55 .

v: 16ff: Is 32, 11f .

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