5 Listen to this message that I am singing for you, a lament,w house of Israel:
She lies abandoned on her land
with no one to raise her up.z
The city that marches out a thousand strong
will have only a hundred left,aa
and the one that marches out a hundred strong
will have only ten leftab in the house of Israel.
4 For the Lord says to the house of Israel:
Seek me and live!ac
5 Do not seek Bethelad
or go to Gilgalae
or journey to Beer-sheba,af
for Gilgal will certainly go into exile,
and Bethel will come to nothing.
6 Seek the Lordag and live,
or he will spread like fireah
throughout the house of Joseph;
it will consume everything
with no one at Bethel to extinguish it.ai
7 Those who turn justice into wormwoodaj
also throw righteousness to the ground.
8 The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,ak
and darkens day into night,am
who summons the water of the seaan
and pours it out over the surface of the earthao—
the Lord is his name.ap
and it falls on the fortress.ar
10 They hate the one who convicts the guiltyas
at the city gate,
and they despiseat the one who speaks with integrity.
11 Therefore, because you trample on the poorau
and exact a grain tax from him,
you will never live in the houses of cut stoneav
you have built;
you will never drink the wine
from the lush vineyards
you have planted.aw
and your sins innumerable.
They oppress the righteous,a take a bribe,
and deprive the poor of justiceb at the city gates.
at such a time,
for the days are evil.
so that you may live,
and the Lord, the God of Armies,
will be with you
as you have claimed.d
15 Hate evil and love good;e
establish justice in the city gate.f
Perhaps the Lord, the God of Armies, will be graciousg
to the remnant of Joseph.h
There will be wailing in all the public squares;i
they will cry out in anguishB in all the streets.
The farmer will be called on to mourn,j
17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards,l
for I will pass among you.m
The Lord has spoken.
18 Woe to you who long for the day of the Lord!n
What will the day of the Lord be for you?
It will be darkness and not light.o
19 It will be like a man who flees from a lionp
only to have a bear confront him.
He goes home and rests his hand against the wall
only to have a snake bite him.
be darkness rather than light,q
even gloom without any brightness in it?r
21 I hate, I despise, your feasts!s
I can’t stand the stench
of your solemn assemblies.t
your burnt offerings and grain offerings,u
I will not accept them;v
I will have no regard
for your fellowship offerings of fattened cattle.w
I will not listen to the music of your harps.x
and righteousness, like an unfailing stream.y
25 “House of Israel, was it sacrifices and grain offerings that you presented to me during the forty years in the wilderness?z 26 But you have taken upD Sakkuth your king and Kaiwan your star god,* images you have made for yourselves.aa 27 So I will send you into exile beyond Damascus.”ab The Lord, the God of Armies, is his name.ac He has spoken.
Or turns the shadow of death
Or who are prudent will perish
Lit will say, “Alas! Alas!”
Lit and those skilled in lamentation
Or you will lift up