18 Woe to you who long
for the day of the Lord!c
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?d
only to meet a bear,g
as though he entered his house
and rested his hand on the wall
only to have a snake bite him.h
20 Will not the day of the Lord be darkness,i not light—
pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?j
your assembliesm are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offeringsn and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.o
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.p
I will not listen to the music of your harps.q
24 But let justicer roll on like a river,
25 “Did you bring me sacrificesu and offerings
forty yearsv in the wilderness, people of Israel?
the pedestal of your idols,w
the star of your godb—
which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exilex beyond Damascus,”
says the Lord, whose name is God Almighty.y
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!d
2 Go to Kalnehe and look at it;
go from there to great Hamath,f
and then go down to Gathg in Philistia.
Are they better off thanh your two kingdoms?
Is their land larger than yours?
and bring near a reign of terror.i
and lounge on your couches.j
You dine on choice lambs
and fattened calves.k
5 You strum away on your harpsl like David
and improvise on musical instruments.m
6 You drink winen by the bowlful
and use the finest lotions,
7 Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;q
your feasting and lounging will end.r
Or lifted up Sakkuth your king / and Kaiwan your idols, / your star-gods; Septuagint lifted up the shrine of Molek / and the star of your god Rephan, / their idols
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