1And I answered and said,
So, then, I am to be held responsible for Zion, 1 Lit. ‘So, then, I am to be guilty for Zion’, Charles emended ‘So, then, I am destined to grieve for Zion’. For thine enemies will come to this place, And they will pollute thy sanctuary, And they will lead thine inheritance into captivity And make themselves masters of those whom thou hast loved; And they will depart again to the place of their idols, And they will boast before them. And what wilt thou do for thy great name?
2And the Lord said to me,
My name and my glory are to all eternity; And my judgement will maintain its right in its own time. And you will see with your eyes 3 That the enemy will not overthrow Zion, Nor shall they burn Jerusalem, But they shall be the ministers of the Judge for a time.
4But go and do what I have told you to.
5And I went and took Jeremiah, and Iddo, and Seriah, and Jabish, and Gedaliah, and all the nobles of the people, and I led them out to the Kidron valley; and I repeated to them everything that had been told me. 6,7And they cried out aloud, and all of them wept. And we sat there and fasted until the evening.
1 Lit. ‘So, then, I am to be guilty for Zion’, Charles emended ‘So, then, I am destined to grieve for Zion’.