19 The cities of ·southern Judah [L the Negev] are ·locked [shut] up,
and no one can open them.
All Judah will be ·taken as captives to a foreign land [exiled; C to Babylon];
they will ·be carried away [exiled] completely [C the exile in 597 bc was a precursor to the more complete one in 586 bc].
20 Look up and see [C addressed to queen mother]
the people coming from the north [C the Babylonian army].
Where is the flock ·God gave you to care for [L given to you],
·the flock you bragged about [L your splendid flock; C the people of Judah]?
21 What will you say when ·they [or God] appoint as your ·heads [rulers]
those you had thought were your ·friends [allies]?
Won’t ·you have much pain and trouble [L pain seize you],
like a woman giving birth to a baby [4:31; 6:24; 22:23; 30:6; 48:41; 49:22, 24; 50:43]?