Judah and Jerusalem will be punished for their disobedience—The Lord pleads for and judges His people—The daughters of Zion are cursed and tormented for their worldliness—Compare 2 Nephi 13.
1 aFor, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from bJerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of cbread, and the whole stay of water,
2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the aancient,
3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and athe cunning artificer, and the beloquent orator.
4 And I will give achildren to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the aancient, and the base against the honourable.
6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this aruin be under thy hand:
7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be aan healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.
8 For aJerusalem is ruined, and Judah is bfallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
9 ¶ The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their asin as bSodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
10 Say ye to the arighteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall beat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the awicked! it shall be ill with him: for bthe reward of his hands shall be given him.
12 ¶ As for my people, children are their oppressors, and awomen rule over them. O my people, they which blead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
13 The Lord standeth up to aplead, and standeth to judge the people.
14 The Lord will enter into ajudgment with the bancients of his people, and the cprinces thereof: for ye have deaten up the vineyard; the espoil of the fpoor is in your houses.
15 What mean ye that ye abeat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.
16 ¶ Moreover the Lord saith, Because the adaughters of Zion are bhaughty, and cwalk with stretched forth necks and dwanton eyes, walking and emincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will adiscover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their acauls, and their bround tires like the moon,
19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the amufflers,
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
21 The rings, and nose jewels,
22 The achangeable suits of bapparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 The aglasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.
24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle aa rent; and instead of well set hair bbaldness; and instead of ca stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and dburning instead of ebeauty.
25 Thy amen shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her agates shall blament and cmourn; and she being ddesolate shall sit upon the eground.