2 “Hear, all you peoples!
Pay attention, O earth and what fills you,
And let the Sovereign Lord Jehovah serve as a witness against you+
—Jehovah from his holy temple.
3 For look! Jehovah is going out from his place;
He will come down and tread on earth’s high places.
And the valleys* will split apart
Like wax before the fire,
Like waters poured down a steep slope.
What is the revolt of Jacob?
Is it not Sa·marʹi·a?+
And what are the high places of Judah?+
Are they not Jerusalem?
6 I will make Sa·marʹi·a a heap of ruins of the field,
A place for planting vineyards;
I will hurl* her stones down into the valley,
And I will lay bare her foundations.
I will devastate all her idols.
For she collected them from the wages of prostitution,
And they will again become the wages of prostitutes.”
My wailing will be like that of jackals,
And my mourning like that of ostriches.
The plague has spread to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.+
10 “Do not announce it in Gath;
You must not weep at all.
In Beth-aphʹrah* roll in the dust.
The inhabitants* of Zaʹa·nan have not come out.
There will be wailing in Beth-eʹzel, and it will take its support away from you.
But what is bad has come down from Jehovah to the gate of Jerusalem.
You were the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion,
For in you were found the revolts of Israel.+
The houses of Achʹzib+ were something deceitful to the kings of Israel.
As far as A·dulʹlam+ the glory of Israel will come.
16 Make yourselves bald and shear off your hair for your cherished children.
Make yourselves as bald as an eagle,
For they have been taken away from you into exile.”+