The mighty man and the warrior, The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder,
The captain of fifty and the esteemed person,
The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.
And I will make mere
boys their leaders, And mischievous children
will rule over them,
And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will assault the elder, And the contemptible person will assault
the one honored.
When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying,
'You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler! And these ruins will be under your authority,'
He will protest on that day, saying, 'I will not be your
healer, For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; You should not appoint me ruler of the people.'
For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, Because their speech and their actions are against the LORD, To rebel against His glorious presence.
The expression of their faces testifies against them, And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even
Woe to them! For they have done evil to themselves.
Say to the righteous that it will go
well for them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
Woe to the wicked! It will go
badly for him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.
My people! Their oppressors treat them violently, And women rule over them. My people! Those who guide you lead you
astray And confuse the direction of your paths.