3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah stay and staff, every stay of bread, and every stay of water;
3:2 The mighty man, and the man of war; the judge, and the prophet, and the diviner, and the elder;
3:3 The captain of fifty, and the man of rank, and the counsellor, and the cunning charmer, and the skilful enchanter.
3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
3:5 And the people shall oppress one another, every man his fellow, and every man his neighbour; the child shall behave insolently against the aged, and the base against the honourable,
3:6 For a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father: 'Thou hast a mantle, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand.'
3:7 In that day shall he swear, saying: 'I will not be a healer; for in my house is neither bread nor a mantle; ye shall not make me ruler of a people.'
3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory.
3:9 The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have wrought evil unto themselves.
3:10 Say ye of the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him; for the work of his hands shall be done to him.
3:12 As for My people, a babe is their master, and women rule over them. O My people, they that lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
3:13 the Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the peoples.
3:14 the Lord will enter into judgment with the elders of His people, and the princes thereof: 'It is ye that have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses;
3:15 What mean ye that ye crush My people, and grind the face of the poor?' saith the Lord, the GOD of hosts.
3:16 Moreover the Lord said: because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet;
3:17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.
3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their anklets, and the fillets, and the crescents;
3:19 the pendants, and the bracelets, and the veils;
3:20 the headtires, and the armlets, and the sashes, and the corselets, and the amulets;
3:21 the rings, and the nose-jewels;
3:22 the aprons, and the mantelets, and the cloaks, and the girdles;
3:23 and the gauze robes, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the mantles.
3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a girdle rags; and instead of curled hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; branding instead of beauty.
3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and utterly bereft she shall sit upon the ground.