1. Thus said the Lord to me, "Go buy yourself a cotton shirt and wrap it around your back,* and do not dip it in any waters."*Footnotes:
2. So I bought a shirt, according to the Lord's manifestation* and put it on my back.
3. And the Lord's manifestation was upon me for two seasons, and He said to me,
4. "Put the shirt that you bought on your back, rise and go to the Euphrates, and bury it there in [a secret place under] the rock."
5. I went and buried it at the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.
6. And after many days, the Lord said to me, "Rise and go to the Euphrates and take out the shirt that I told you to bury there."
7. I went to the Euphrates and I dug out the shirt from the mud wherein I had dug it, and, behold, the shirt was ruined and of no use for anything.
8. And the manifestation of the Lord was upon me and He said,
9. "Thus says the Almighty Lord God of Israel: this is how I shall ruin Judea's nobility and many of Jerusalem's nobility.
10. "This nation is evil, they did not wish to listen to my manifestations; they went after the desires of their heart and they followed other gods, to work for them and to worship them -- they shall become like this shirt, of no use for anything,
11. "Because just as the shirt grips the back of a man, this is how all the House of Israel gripped me and all the House of Judah," said the Lord, "so as they may become a nation for me, to be a name, to be the glory and the praise -- but they did not listen."
12. And he told them this manifestation,* "Thus says the Almighty Lord God of Israel, 'every jug shall be filled with wine.' Behold, they shall say to you, 'We certainly did not know* that all the jugs shall be filled with wine.'"
13. Then the Lord said to them, "Behold, I shall fill you -- all you inhabitants of this land, the kings that sit on the throne of David, the High Priest and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem -- with drunkenness.*
14. "And I shall scatter them, everyman away from his brother, the parents and the children likewise," said the Lord, "I shall neither show mercy, nor favor, nor shall I interfere, as they go to their ruin.
15. "Listen and pay attention, do not be haughty,* because the Lord is speaking.
16. "Therefore, honor* your Lord God, who is worth,* until your legs are broken on the mountain in the darkness, thus you shall yearn for the light and let the darkness perish [together] with the shadows of death.
17. "And if you do not hear it, my soul shall weep secretly, and my eyes shall be full of tears,* the tears run down from my eyes as the circumcised of the Lord are [led away] captive.
18. "Tell the kings and the leaders,* 'Humble* yourselves and repent, for the wreath of your glory has fallen from your heads.'
19. "The towns of the South have been shut down and there is no one there; Judea has been carried captive, all of it has been completely taken captive.
20. "Lift up your eyes and see those that are coming from the North, where is the Circumcision that gave you the flocks* for your glorification?
21. "What will you say as they rule over you? For it was you that taught them the knowledge that led* them to be oppressed. Behold, you shall be wracked with pains, like a wife giving birth.*
22. "And if in your heart you say, 'Why did this happen to me?' [It is because] in your increasing failures to perform your duties your shortcomings* shall become exposed and your heels shall become bare.*
23. "Just as the Indian* cannot change his coloration or the tiger its stripes,* likewise you cannot become good, because you have learned evil.
24. "And I shall scatter them like the grass that falls* in the path of the spirit* in the wilderness.
25. "This is that which should have been your deliverance and your inheritance, which I advanced you,"* said the Lord, "on account of your leaving me and your reliance on fakery;
26. "Thus I too stretched your hems and threw them over your faces, exposing your deeds,
27. "And your marriages, your [fall from grace,] and your adulterous prostitutions, upon the plateaus of the wilderness. I saw your defilement -- woe to you, Jerusalem, as you do not cleanse yourself. Until when? Repent!
*13:1.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "Put a shirt on your back."
*13:1.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Do not wash it."
*13:2 Lit. Ar. id. retained: "Instructions."
*13:12.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Commandment," "instruction" or "explanation."
*13:12.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Knowing we did not know."
*13:13 NB! Other translations have distorted the intent of this Scripture, which is not God's wrath against Israel, but the demise of those who oppose His Son when He comes 500 years from the time this prophetic Book was written.
*13:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Raise yourself."
*13:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Give honor to."
*13:16.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Until He deserves."
*13:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: Tearfully I shall tear up."
*13:18.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Great ones."
*13:18.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Be gentle," "become soft," or "be kind."
*13:20 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sheep."
*13:21.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "To become."
*13:21.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Like the wife [going through] throes to give birth."
*13:22.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Hems."
*13:22.2 Lit. Ar.. idiom retained: "You shall go barefoot.
*13:23.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Hindu."
*13:23.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Pattern."
*13:24.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Passes before."
*13:24.2 Lit. Ar. id.: also: "Wind."
*13:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "From before me."
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