Isaiah 22:1-14

Note: this prophecy describes Jerusalem under siege, but instead of turning to God they are eating an drinking. Defences are made including what appears to be a reference to  the Broad Wall and to “Hezekiah’s tunnel”. 

22:1 The burden of the valley of vision.

A. Inappropriate rejoicing
What aileth thee now,
that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?
2 Thou that art full of stirs,
a tumultuous city, a joyous city:
thy slain men are not slain with the sword,
nor dead in battle.
3 All thy rulers are fled together,
they are bound by the archers:
all that are found in thee are bound together,
which have fled from far.

B. Weeping
4 Therefore said I, Look away from me;
I will weep bitterly,
labour not to comfort me,
because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.

C. Attacking forces
5 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down,
and of perplexity
by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls,
and of crying to the mountains.
6 And Elam bare the quiver
with chariots of men and horsemen,
and Kir uncovered the shield.
7 And it shall come to pass,
that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots,
and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
8 And he discovered the covering of Judah,

C’. Defending forces
and thou didst look in that day
to the armour of the house of the forest.
9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David,
that they are many:
and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem,
and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls
for the water of the old pool:
but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof,
neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

B’. Weeping
12 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call
to weeping, and to mourning,
and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

A’. Nihilistic enjoyment
13 And behold joy and gladness,
slaying oxen, and killing sheep,
eating flesh, and drinking wine:
let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts,
Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die,
saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

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