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 1 I said: Please listen, you heads of Jacob

 and rulers of the house of Israel.

 Are you not supposed to to know what is just?


 2 You who hate the good, and love the evil;

 who tear off the skin of my people,

 and their flesh from off their bones,


 3 and who eat the flesh of my people

 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.


 4 Then they will cry out to Yahweh,

 but he will not answer them.

 Yes, he will hide his face from them at that time

 because of the evil they have done.”


This is what Yahweh says

 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:


 6 Therefore it will be night for you—with no vision;

 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.


 7 The seers will be put to shame

 and the diviners humiliated.

 Yes, they will all cover their lips

 because there is no answer from God.


But as for me, I am full of power

 by the spirit of Yahweh;

 and of judgment, and of might,

 to declare to Jacob his disobedience

 and to Israel his sin.


Please listen to this, you heads of the house of Jacob

 and rulers of the house of Israel,

 who abhor justice

 and pervert all equity.


 10 They build up Zion with blood,

 and Jerusalem with iniquity.


 11 Her leaders judge for bribes,

 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.”


 12 Therefore Zion for your sake

 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.


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