New International Reader's Version
Judah Will Be Taken Away From Their Land
15 People of Judah, listen to me.
Pay attention and don’t be proud.
The Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God.
Honor him before he sends
darkness to cover the land.
Do this before you trip and fall
on the darkened hills.
You hope that light will come.
But he will turn it into thick darkness.
He will change it to deep shadows.
17 If you don’t listen,
I will weep in secret.
Because you are so proud,
I will weep bitterly.
Tears will flow from my eyes.
The Lord’s flock will be taken away as prisoners.
New International Version
Threat of Captivity
15 Hear and pay attention,
do not be arrogant,
for the Lord has spoken.(A)
16 Give glory(B) to the Lord your God
before he brings the darkness,
before your feet stumble(C)
on the darkening hills.
You hope for light,
but he will turn it to utter darkness
and change it to deep gloom.(D)
17 If you do not listen,(E)
I will weep in secret
because of your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly,
overflowing with tears,(F)
because the Lord’s flock(G) will be taken captive.(H)