The Ruined Waistband
1 Thus the LORD said to me, "Go and buy R663 yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water." 2 So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word R664 of the LORD and put it around my waist. 3 Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying, 4 "Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the F143 Euphrates R665 and hide it there in a crevice of the rock." 5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as R666 the LORD had commanded me. 6 After many days the LORD said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there." 7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.
8 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 "Thus says the LORD, `Just so will I destroy the pride R667 of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 `This wicked people, who refuse R668 to listen to My words, who walk R669 in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless. 11 `For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling R670 to Me,' declares the LORD, `that they might be for Me a people, for renown, R671 F144 for praise R672 and for glory; but they did R673 not listen.'
12 "Therefore you are to speak this word to them, `Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, "Every jug is to be filled with wine."' And when they say to you, `Do we not very well know that every jug is to be filled with wine?' 13 then say to them, `Thus says the LORD, "Behold I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land--the kings that sit for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem--with drunkenness! R674 14 "I will dash R675 them against each other, both the fathers R676 and the sons together," declares the LORD. "I will not R677 show pity nor be sorry nor have compassion so as not to destroy them.""'
15 Listen and give heed, do not be haughty, R678
For the LORD has spoken.
16 Give R679 glory to the LORD your God,
Before He brings darkness R680
And before your feet R681 stumble
On the dusky mountains,
And while you are hoping for light
He makes it into deep R682 darkness,
And turns it into gloom.
17 But if R683 you will not listen to it,
My soul will sob R684 in secret for such pride;
And my eyes will bitterly weep
And flow down with tears,
Because the flock R685 of the LORD has been taken captive.
18 Say to the king R686 and the queen mother,
"Take R687 a lowly seat,
For your beautiful crown R688
Has come down from your head."
19 The cities R689 of the Negev have been locked up,
And there is no one to open them;
All Judah R690 has been carried into exile,
Wholly carried into exile.
20 "Lift up your eyes and see
Those coming from R691 the north.
Where is the flock R692 that was given you,
Your beautiful sheep?
21 "What will you say when He appoints over you--
And you yourself had taught them--
Former companions R693 F145 to be head over you?
Will not pangs R694 take hold of you
Like a woman in childbirth?
22 "If you say R695 in your heart,
`Why R696 have these things happened to me?'
Because of the magnitude R697 of your iniquity
Your R698 skirts have been removed
And your heels have been F146 exposed.
23 "Can R699 the Ethiopian change his skin
Or the leopard his spots?
Then you also can do R700 good
Who are accustomed to doing evil.
24 "Therefore I will scatter R701 them like drifting straw
To the desert wind. R702
25 "This is your lot, R703 the portion measured to you
From Me," declares the LORD,
"Because you have forgotten R704 Me
And trusted in falsehood.
26 "So I Myself have also stripped R705 your skirts off over your face,
That your shame may be seen.
27 "As for your adulteries R706 and your lustful neighings,
The lewdness R707 of your prostitution
On the hills R708 in the field,
I have seen your abominations.
Woe to you, O Jerusalem!
How R709 long will you remain unclean?"
F143: Or Parah, cf Josh 18:23; so through v 7
F144: Lit a name
F145: Or chieftains
F146: Or suffered violence
R663: Jeremiah 13:11
R664: Isaiah 20:2; Ezekiel 2:8
R665: Jeremiah 51:63
R666: Exodus 39:42,43; 40:16
R667: Leviticus 26:19; Isaiah 2:10-17; 23:9; Jeremiah 13:15-17; Zephaniah 3:11
R668: Numbers 14:11; 2 Chronicles 36:15,16; Jeremiah 11:10
R669: Jeremiah 9:14; 11:8; 16:12
R670: Exodus 19:5,6; Deuteronomy 32:10,11
R671: Jeremiah 32:20
R672: Isaiah 43:21; Jeremiah 33:9
R673: Psalms 81:11; Jeremiah 7:13,24,26
R674: Psalms 60:3; 75:8; Isaiah 51:17; 63:6; Jeremiah 25:27; 51:7,57
R675: Isaiah 9:20,21; Jeremiah 19:9-11
R676: Jeremiah 6:21; Ezekiel 5:10
R677: Deuteronomy 29:20; Isaiah 27:11; Jeremiah 16:5; 21:7
R678: Proverbs 16:5; Isaiah 28:14-22
R679: Joshua 7:19; Psalms 96:8
R680: Isaiah 5:30; 8:22; 59:9; Amos 5:18; 8:9
R681: Proverbs 4:19; Jeremiah 23:12
R682: Psalms 44:19; 107:10,14; Jeremiah 2:6
R683: Malachi 2:2
R684: Psalms 119:136; Jeremiah 9:1; 14:17; Luke 19:41,42
R685: Psalms 80:1; Jeremiah 23:1,2
R686: 2 Kings 24:12,15; Jeremiah 22:26
R687: 2 Chronicles 33:12,19
R688: Exodus 39:28; Isaiah 3:20; Ezekiel 24:17,23; 44:18
R689: Jeremiah 32:44
R690: Jeremiah 20:4; 52:27-30
R691: Jeremiah 1:15; 6:22; Habakkuk 1:6
R692: Jeremiah 13:17; 23:2
R693: Jeremiah 2:25; 38:22
R694: Isaiah 13:8; Jeremiah 4:31
R695: Deuteronomy 7:17
R696: Jeremiah 5:19; 16:10
R697: Jeremiah 2:17-19; 9:2-9
R698: Isaiah 47:2; Ezekiel 16:37; Nahum 3:5
R699: Proverbs 27:22; Isaiah 1:5
R700: Jeremiah 4:22; 9:5
R701: Leviticus 26:33; Jeremiah 9:16; Ezekiel 5:2,12
R702: Jeremiah 4:11; 18:17
R703: Job 1:20:29; Psalms 11:6; Matthew 24:51
R704: Psalms 9:17; Jeremiah 2:32; 3:21
R705: Lamentations 1:8; Ezekiel 23:29; Hosea 2:10
R706: Jeremiah 5:7,8
R707: Jeremiah 11:15
R708: Isaiah 65:7; Jeremiah 2:20; Ezekiel 6:13
R709: Proverbs 1:22; Hosea 8:5