and see now, and know,
and seek in the wide places of it
if you can find a man,
if there are any who does justly,
who seeks truth,
and I will pardon her.
surely they swear falsely.
You have stricken them, but they were not grieved.
You have consumed them,
but they have refused to receive correction.
They have made their faces harder than a rock.
They have refused to return.
“Surely these are poor.
They are foolish,
for they do not know the way of Yahweh
nor the law of their God.
and will speak to them,
for they know the way of Yahweh
and the law of their God.”
But these with one accord have broken the yoke
and burst the bonds.
a wolf of the evenings will destroy them,
a leopard will watch against their cities;
everyone who goes out there will be torn in pieces,
because their transgressions are many
and their backsliding is increased.
Your children have forsaken me
and sworn by what are no gods.
When I had fed them to the full, they committed adultery
and assembled themselves in troops at the prostitutes’ houses.
everyone neighed after his neighbor’s wife.
but do not make a full end.
Take away her branches,
for they are not Yahweh’s.
have dealt very treacherously against me,”
and said, “It is not he,
neither will evil come on us;
neither will we see sword nor famine.
and the word is not in them.
Thus will it be done to them.”
“Because you speak this word,
behold, I will make my words in your mouth fire,
and this people wood,
and it will devour them.
O house of Israel,
It is a mighty nation.
It is an ancient nation,
a nation whose language you do not know,
nor do you understand what they say.
they are all mighty men.
that your sons and your daughters should eat.
They will eat up your flocks and your herds.
They will eat up your vines and your fig trees.
They will beat down your fortified cities in which you trust
with the sword.
18But even in those days, says Yahweh, I will not make a full end with you.
19It will happen when you say, ‘Why has Yahweh our God done all these things to us?’ Then you will say to them, ‘Just like you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.’”
foolish people and without understanding,
who have eyes and do not see,
who have ears and do not hear:
Won’t you tremble at my presence,
who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree,
that it cannot pass it?
And though its waves toss themselves, yet they cannot prevail;
though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
they have revolted and gone.
and your sins have withheld good from you.
They watch, as fowlers lie in wait.
They set a trap.
They catch men.
so are their houses full of deceit.
Therefore they have become great, and grew rich.
yes, they excel in deeds of wickedness.
They do not plead the cause,
the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper;
and they do not judge the right of the needy.
has happened in the land.
and the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love to have it so.
What will you do in the end of it?”