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2 Hear, heavens,
and listen, earth,
for Yahweh has spoken:
“I reared children
and I brought them up,
but they rebelled against me.
and a donkey the manger of its master.
Israel does not know;
my people do not understand.
a people heavy with iniquity,
offspring of evildoers,
children who deal corruptly.
They have forsaken Yahweh;
they have despised the holy one of Israel.
They are estranged and gone backward.
You continue in rebellion.
The whole of the head is sick,
and the whole of the heart is faint.
there is no health in it;
bruise and sore and bleeding wound have not been cleansed,
and they have not been bound up
and not softened with the oil.
your cities are burned with fire;
As for your land, aliens are devouring it in your presence,
and it is desolate, like devastation by foreigners.
like a shelter in a cucumber field,
like a city that is besieged.a
9 If Yahweh of hosts had not left us survivors,b
we would have been as few as Sodom,
we would have become like Gomorrah.
Listen to the teaching of our God, people of Gomorrah!
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fattened animals
and I do not delight in the blood of bulls
and ram-lambs and goats.
who asked for this from your hand:
you trampling my courts?
incense—it is an abomination to me;
new moon and Sabbath, the calling of a convocation—
I cannot endure iniquity with solemn assembly.
they have become to me like a burden,
I am not able to bear them.
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,e
I will not be listening.
Remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes!
Seek justice! Rescue the oppressed!
Defend the orphan! Plead for the widow!
“Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow;
even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
you shall eat the good of the land.
For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”
Literally “increase” or “add to”
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