All your rulers have fled together, And
have been captured without the bow; All of you who were found were taken captive together, Though they had fled far away.
Therefore I say, 'Look away from me, Let me weep bitterly, Do not try to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.'
For the Lord GOD of armies has a day of panic, subjugation, and confusion In the valley of vision, A breaking down of walls And a crying to the mountain.
Elam picked up the quiver, With the chariots, infantry, and
horsemen; And Kir uncovered the shield.
Then your choicest valleys were full of chariots, And the horsemen took positions at the gate.
And He removed the defense of Judah. On that day you depended on the weapons of the house of the forest,
And you saw that the breaches In the wall
of the city of David were many; And you collected the waters of the lower pool.
Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem And tore down houses to fortify the wall.
And you made a reservoir between the two walls For the waters of the old pool. But you did not depend on Him who made it, Nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.
Therefore on that day the Lord GOD of armies called you
to weeping, to wailing, To shaving the head, and to wearing sackcloth.
Instead, there is joy and jubilation, Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep, Eating of meat and drinking of wine: 'Let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die.'