a people weighed down with iniquity,
a seed of evildoers,
children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken Yahweh.
They have spurned the Holy One of Israel.
They have turned their backs on Him.
Why do you rebel more and more?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
Your cities are burned with fire.
Strangers devour your land
right before your eyes,
and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
had left to us a very small remnant,
we would have been like Sodom;
we would have been like Gomorrah.
you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the law of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
“I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fed animals.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls
or of lambs or of he-goats.
who has required this at your hand,
this trampling of my courts?
They are a burden to me.
I am weary of bearing them.
Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes.
Cease to do evil.
Relieve the oppressed.
Judge the fatherless.
Plead for the widow.”
“Though your sins are red as scarlet,
they will be as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
they will be as wool.
you will eat the good of the land,
you will be devoured with the sword;
for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.”The Unfaithful City
has become a prostitute!
She was full of justice;
righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
your wine mixed with water.
and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves bribes
and follows after rewards.
They do not judge the fatherless,
neither does the cause of the widow come to them.
the Mighty One of Israel, says:
“Ah, I will get relief from my adversaries,
and avenge myself of my enemies,
and smelt away your dross as with lye
and remove all your impurities.
and those who forsake Yahweh will be consumed.
that you have desired,
and you will be confounded for the gardens
that you have chosen.
whose leaf fades
and as a garden that has no water.
and his work like a spark.
They will both burn together,
and no one will quench them.”