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Justice will be like a belt around his waist, integrity will be like a belt around his hips. 1
He loosens 1 the bonds 2 of kings and binds a loincloth 3 around their waist.
So I went to Perath and dug up 1 the shorts from the place where I had buried them. I found 2 that they were ruined; they were good for nothing.
So I bought the shorts as the Lord had told me to do 1 and put them on. 2
They replied, 1 “He was a hairy man 2 and had a leather belt 3 tied around his waist.” The king 4 said, “He is Elijah the Tishbite.”
None tire or stumble, they don’t stop to nap or sleep. They don’t loosen their belts, or unstrap their sandals to rest. 1
The Lord said to me, “Go and buy some linen shorts 1 and put them on. 2 Do not put them in water.” 3
“Take the shorts that you bought and are wearing 1 and go at once 2 to Perath. 3 Bury the shorts there 4 in a crack in the rocks.”
Many days later the Lord said to me, “Go at once to Perath and get 1 the shorts I ordered you to bury there.”
wearing belts on their waists and flowing turbans on their heads, all of them looking like officers, the image of Babylonians 1 whose native land is Chaldea.
These wicked people refuse to obey what I have said. 1 They follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts and pay allegiance 2 to other gods by worshiping and serving them. So 3 they will become just like these linen shorts which are good for nothing.
For,’ I say, 1 ‘just as shorts cling tightly to a person’s body, so I bound the whole nation of Israel and the whole nation of Judah 2 tightly 3 to me.’ I intended for them to be my special people and to bring me fame, honor, and praise. 4 But they would not obey me.