22 This is a ·message [prophecy; oracle; burden] about the Valley of Vision [C perhaps the Hinnom Valley near Jerusalem; the prophecy concerns Jerusalem]:
·What is wrong with you people [or What is the reason; L What to you, then]? Why are you on your roofs [C roofs were flat and used for living and storage space]? 2 This city was ·a very busy city [L full of noise], ·full of noise and wild parties [town of tumult and revelry]. Now your people have been ·killed [slain], but not with swords, nor did they die in battle. 3 All your leaders ·ran away [fled] together, but they have been captured without using a bow. All you who were captured tried to run ·away before the enemy came [or far away; or while the enemy was far away]. 4 So I say, “Don’t look at me. Let me ·cry loudly [weep bitterly]. Don’t hurry to ·comfort [console] me about the destruction of ·Jerusalem [or my vulnerable people; L the daughter of my people].” 5 The Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] has ·chosen a special day [L a day] of ·riots [tumult] and confusion. ·People will trample each other […and trampling] in the Valley of Vision. The city walls will be knocked down, and the people will cry out to the mountain. 6 ·The soldiers from Elam [L Elam] will ·gather their arrows [L pick up its quiver] and their chariots and men on horses. Kir will ·prepare [L uncover] their shields. 7 Your ·nicest [choicest; fairest] valleys will be filled with chariots. Horsemen ·will be ordered to guard [take their positions at] the gates of the city. 8 ·The walls protecting Judah will fall [L He removed defenses/covering from Judah; C “He” could be the Lord or the invading army].
·At that time [L In that day] the people of Jerusalem ·depended on [looked to] the weapons kept at the ·Palace [L house] of the Forest [C probably the royal armory; 1 Kin. 7:2–5; 10:16–17]. 9 You saw that the walls of Jerusalem had many ·cracks that needed repairing [breaches; breaks]. You stored up water in the lower pool [C preparation for a siege]. 10 You ·counted [surveyed] the houses of Jerusalem, and you tore down houses to ·repair the walls with their stones [L strengthen/fortify the wall]. 11 You made a ·pool [reservoir] between the two walls to save water from the old pool, but you did not ·trust [look to] the ·God who made these things [L one who made it; C the “it” could be the pool, the wall or the whole city of Jerusalem]; you did not ·respect [consider; have regard for] the One who ·planned [or fashioned; formed] ·them [it] long ago.
12 ·At that time [L In that day] the Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] ·told the people to cry and be sad [L called for weeping and mourning], ·to shave their heads [L for baldness] and ·wear rough cloth [for wearing burlap/sackcloth; C signs of sorrow and repentance]. 13 But look, ·the people are happy and are having wild parties [L joy and revelry]. They slaughter cattle and kill sheep; they eat ·the food [meat; flesh] and drink the wine. They say, “Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we will die.”
14 The Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] said to me: “You people will die before this ·guilt is forgiven [sin is atoned for].” The Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] said this.
God’s Message to Shebna
15 This is what the Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] says:
“Go to this ·servant [steward; administrator] Shebna [36:3, 11, 22; 37:2; 2 Kin. 18:37; 19:2], ·the manager of the palace [L who is over the house]. 16 Say to him, ‘What ·are you doing here [or right do you have to be here]? Who said you could ·cut out [carve; hew] a tomb for yourself here? Why are you ·preparing [carving; hewing] your tomb in a high place? Why are you ·carving out [cutting; inscribing] a ·tomb [L dwelling place] from the rock? 17 Look, ·mighty one [or mere man; L man]! The Lord ·will throw you away [L hurling will hurl you]. ·He will take firm hold of [L Seizing he will seize] you 18 and roll you tightly into a ball and throw you into another country. There you will die, and there your ·fine [glorious; splendid] chariots will remain. You ·are a disgrace [bring shame] to your master’s house. 19 I will force you out of your ·important job [office], and you will be thrown down from your ·important place [position].’
20 “·At that time [L In that day] I will call for my servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah [36:3, 11, 22; 37:2; 2 Kin. 18:18, 26, 37]. 21 I will take your robe and put it on him and ·give him [tie around him; or strengthen him with] your ·belt [sash]. I will hand over to him ·the important job you have [your authority], and he will be like a father to the ·people [inhabitants] of Jerusalem and the ·family [L house] of Judah. 22 I will put the key to the house of David [C a sign of authority, indicating access to the king; Rev. 3:7] around his neck. If he opens a door, no one will be able to close it; if he closes a door, no one will be able to open it. 23 I will make him like a peg that is hammered into a strong board [C a symbol of strength]. He will be like an ·honored chair in [or throne of honor for] his father’s house. 24 All the ·honored and important things of his family [L glory of the house of his father] will ·depend on him [or be given to him; L hang on him; C continuing the “peg” imagery in v. 23, meaning either honor or responsibility]; ·all the adults and little children will depend on him [L its offspring and offshoots]. ·They will be like bowls and jars hanging on him [L …all the small utensils, from the bowls to the jars].
25 “·At that time [L In that day],” says the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], “the peg hammered into the strong board will weaken. It will ·break [or be cut off] and fall, and everything hanging on it will be destroyed [C Eliakim’s authority would also eventually be taken away].” The Lord says this.
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