1 For behold, the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem [gathering place of the church], and from Judah [the Jews], the stay and the staff [supply and support], the whole staff of bread [whole supply of food], and the whole stay [supply]of water— [This metaphor of food and water is represents the Lord’s withholding of blessings and revelation upon them. (priesthood) See Amos 8:11-13]
2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient;
3 The captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer [inventor], and the eloquent orator. [A list of all those we have previously admired.]
4 And I will give children [a new generation] unto them to be their princes [priesthood holders], and babes [new people] shall rule over them.
5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor; the child [new generation] shall behave himself proudly [with dignity] against the ancient [former people], and the base [unsavory] against the honorable [respectable].
6 When a man shall take hold of his brother [ask for help] of the house of his father [those who seem related], and shall say: Thou hast clothing [you have what we need], be thou our ruler, and let not this ruin come under thy hand— [Let us not suffer under these conditions.]
7 In that day shall he swear, saying: I will not be a healer [I will not take care of you.]; for in my house there is neither bread [priesthood] nor clothing [authority]; make me not a ruler of the people.
8 For Jerusalem [the church] is ruined, and Judah [Israel] is fallen, because their tongues [words] and their doings [acts] have been against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
9 The show of their countenance [truth of their deeds] doth witness against them, and doth declare their sin to be even as Sodom, and they cannot hide it. Wo unto their souls [souls are cursed], for they have rewarded evil unto themselves! [The sin of Sodom was more than sexual depravity. These people sought evil against each other and all who came among them continually.]
10 Say unto the righteous [the Lord’s servants] that it is well with them; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. [their works shall bring much good.]
11 Wo unto [cursed are] the wicked, for they shall perish; for the reward of their hands shall be upon them!
12 And my people, children [modern church] are their oppressors, and women rule over them [Those without authority rule over the members.]. O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths. [destroy your traditions]
13 The Lord standeth up to plead [to witness], and standeth to judge the people. [to separate and organize]
14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients [former priesthood leaders] of his people and the princes [presiding authority] thereof; for ye have eaten up the vineyard [removed my laws] and the spoil of the poor in your houses. [blessings of the Gospel in your sacred structures.]
15 What mean ye? Ye beat my people to pieces [destroyed the faith of my people], and grind the faces of the poor [hurt those who seek me], saith the Lord God of Hosts.
16 Moreover, the Lord saith: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty [members of the covenant are vain], and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes [behave with pride and wicked intentions], walking and mincing as they go [with pageantry], and making a tinkling with their feet— [seeking prideful attention]
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, [The Lord will remove the gift of revelation of those that preside from the members of the Covenant.] and the Lord will discover their secret parts [know their hearts].
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments [confidence in standing in public], and cauls [necklaces], and round tires like the moon; [amulets]
19 The chains and the bracelets, and the mufflers; [expensive scarfs (ties)]
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs [seductive walking], and the headbands, and the tablets [fragrant perfumes], and the ear-rings;
21 The rings, and nose jewels;
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles [shawls, expensive coats], and the wimples [hair ornaments], and the crisping-pins; [elegant purse, bag, or briefcase]
23 The glasses [mirrors], and the fine linen, and hoods, and the veils. [All that they use to present themselves publicly with great beauty.]
24 And it shall come to pass, instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle [fine belt], a rent; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a stomacher [fine shirt], a girding of sackcloth; burning instead of beauty. [Your worldly beauty, wealth, and praise will be gone.]
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty in the war. [coming war]
26 And her gates [congregations] shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate [church shall be empty], and shall sit upon the ground. [lay in ruin]
51 For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin.
52 And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with my voice, and is not of me.
53 And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now.
54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—
58 That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.
59 For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay. (D&C 84:51-59)