Listen, O earth, and all that is in it,
and let the Lord Yahweh be witness against you,
the Lord from his holy temple.
and will come down and tread
on the high places of the earth.
and the valleys split apart
like wax before the fire,
like waters that are poured down a steep place.
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the disobedience of Jacob?
Isn’t it Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
Aren’t they Jerusalem?
like a rubble heap of the field,
like places for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down its stones into the valley
and I will uncover its foundations.
and all her temple gifts will be burned with fire,
and all her images I will destroy;
for of the hire of a prostitute has she gathered them,
and to the hire of a prostitute will they return.
I will go stripped and naked.
I will howl like the jackals
and moan like the daughters of owls.
for it has come even to Judah.
It reaches to the gate of my people,
even to Jerusalem.
Do not weep at all.
At Beth Ophrah I have rolled myself in the dust.
in nakedness and shame.
The inhabitant of Zaanan won’t come out.
The wailing of Beth Ezel
will take from you his protection.
waits anxiously for good,
because evil has come down from Yahweh
to the gate of Jerusalem.
inhabitant of Lachish.
She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion,
for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
The houses of Achzib will be a deceitful thing
to the kings of Israel.
inhabitant of Mareshah;
he who is the glory of Israel will come to Adullam.
and work evil on their beds!
When the morning is light, they practice it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
and houses, and take them away;
and they oppress a man and his house,
even a man and his heritage.
Behold, I am planning against these people
from which you will not remove your necks,
neither will you walk haughtily,
for it is an evil time.
and lament with a doleful lamentation, saying,
“We are utterly ruined!
My people’s possession is divided up.
Indeed he takes it from me
and assigns our fields to traitors!”
who divides the land by lot
in the assembly of Yahweh.
“Do not prophesy about these things;
disgrace will not overtake us.”
Is the spirit of Yahweh angry?
Are these his doings?
Do not my words do good
to him who walks blamelessly?
as an enemy.
You strip the robe and clothing
from those who pass by without a care,
returning from battle.
out from their pleasant houses;
from their young children
you take away my blessing forever.
For this is not your resting place,
because of uncleanness that destroys,
even with a grievous destruction.
“I will prophesy to you of wine and of beer,”
he would be the prophet of this people.
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah,
as a flock in the middle of their pasture;
they will swarm with people.
goes up before them.
They break through the gate
and go out.
And their king passes on before them,
with Yahweh at their head.
and rulers of the house of Israel.
Are you not supposed to to know what is just?
who tear off the skin of my people,
and their flesh from off their bones,
and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones,
and chop them in pieces as for the pot,
and as flesh inside the caldron.
concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray;
who cry “Peace”
when their teeth have something to bite,
but declare war against the one
who does not put anything into their mouths:
and it will be dark to you—with no divination.
And the sun will go down on the prophets,
and the day will be black over them.
and the diviners humiliated.
Yes, they will all cover their lips
because there is no answer from God.
by the spirit of Yahweh;
and of judgment, and of might,
to declare to Jacob his disobedience
and to Israel his sin.
and rulers of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice
and pervert all equity.
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
and her priests teach for a price,
and her prophets of it tell fortunes for money;
yet they lean on Yahweh and say,
“Is not Yahweh in the midst of us?
No disaster will come on us.”
will be plowed like a field,
and Jerusalem will become heaps of rubble,
and the mountain of the temple
like the high places of a forest.
and will decide concerning strong nations
They will beat their swords into plowblades
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
neither will they learn war any more.
and under his fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid;
for the mouth of Yahweh of Armies
in the name of their gods;
but we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God
forever and ever.
I will assemble that which is lame,
and I will gather that which is driven away,
and that which I have afflicted;
and that which was cast far off a strong nation,
and Yahweh will reign over them on Mount Zion
from then on, even forever.
the fortified hill of Daughter Zion,
to you it will come,
yes, the former dominion will come,
the kingdom of Daughter Jerusalem.
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
that pains have taken hold of you as of a woman in travail?
daughter of Zion,
like a woman in travail;
for now you will go out of the city
and will dwell in the field,
and will come even to Babylon.
There you will be rescued;
there Yahweh will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.
that say, “Let her be defiled,
and let our eye gloat over Zion.”
neither do they understand his counsel;
for he has gathered them
like the sheaves to the threshing floor.
daughter of troops.
He has laid siege against us.
They will strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek with a rod.
in the strength of Yahweh,
in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God;
and they will live,
for then he will be great
to the ends of the earth.
when Assyria invades our land,
and when he marches through our fortresses,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight leaders of men.
will be in the midst of many peoples,
like dew from Yahweh,
like showers on the grass,
that do not wait for man
nor wait for the sons of men.
will be among the nations in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the animals of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
who, if he goes through, treads down and tears in pieces,
and there is no one to deliver.
and let all of your enemies be cut off.
and will tear down all your strongholds.
and you will have no soothsayers.
and I will destroy your cities.
and wrath on the nations that did not listen.
Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear what you have to say.
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for Yahweh has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.
How have I burdened you?
and redeemed you out of the house of slavery.
I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
Should I give my firstborn for my disobedience,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
What does Yahweh require of you
but to act justly,
to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God?
and wisdom sees your name:
“Listen to the rod,
and he who appointed it.
in the house of the wicked,
and a short ephah that is accursed?
her inhabitants speak lies,
and their tongue is deceitful in their speech.
I have made you desolate because of your sins.
Your humiliation will be in your midst.
You will store up, but not save,
and what you save
I will give up to the sword.
You will tread the olives,
but won’t anoint yourself with oil,
and crush grapes,
but won’t drink the wine.
and all the works of the house of Ahab.
You walk in their counsels,
that I may make you a ruin,
and her inhabitants a hissing.
And you will bear the reproach of my people.”
Indeed, I am like one who gathers the summer fruits,
as gleanings of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat.
My soul desires to eat the early fig.
and there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
every man hunts his brother with a net.
The ruler and judge ask for a bribe,
and the powerful man dictates the evil desire of his soul.
Thus they conspire together.
The most upright is worse than a thorn hedge.
The day of your watchmen,
even your visitation, has come;
now is the time of their confusion.
Do not put confidence in a friend.
With the woman lying in your embrace,
be careful of the words of your mouth!
the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter–in–law against her mother–in–law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.
When I fall, I will arise.
When I sit in darkness,
Yahweh will be a light to me.
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my case
and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me forth to the light.
I will see his righteousness.
and shame will cover her who said to me,
“Where is Yahweh your God?”
Then my enemy will see me
and will cover her shame.
Now she will be trampled down
like the mire of the streets.
in that day, he will extend your boundary.
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
and from Egypt even to the River,
and from sea to sea,
and mountain to mountain.
because of those who dwell in it,
for the fruit of their doings.
the flock of your heritage
who dwell by themselves in a forest,
in the middle of fertile pastureland let them feed;
in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old.
out of the land of Egypt,
I will show them marvelous things.”
of all their might.
They will lay their hand on their mouth.
Their ears will be deaf.
Like crawling things of the earth
they will come trembling out of their dens.
They will come with fear to Yahweh our God,
and will be afraid because of you.
who pardons iniquity and passes over the disobedience
of the remnant of his heritage?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in covenant faithfulness.
He will tread our iniquities under foot,
and you will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
and mercy to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.