5 Hear this word, Israel, this lamenth I take up concerning you:
2 “Fallen is Virgini Israel,
never to rise again,
deserted in her own land,
with no one to lift her up.j”
“Your city that marches out a thousand strong
will have only a hundred left;
your town that marches out a hundred strong
will have only ten left.k”
do not go to Gilgal,n
do not journey to Beersheba.o
For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;s
it will devour them,
7 There are those who turn justice into bitternessv
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,y
who turns midnight into dawnz
and darkens day into night,a
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the Lord is his name.b
and brings the fortified city to ruin.c
10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in courtd
and detest the one who tells the truth.e
11 You levy a straw tax on the poorf
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,g
you will not live in them;h
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.i
and how great your sins.j
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribesk
13 Therefore the prudent keep quietn in such times,
for the times are evil.o
that you may live.p
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.
maintain justice in the courts.s
on the remnantv of Joseph.
and cries of anguish in every public square.
The farmersy will be summoned to weep
and the mourners to wail.
17 There will be wailingz in all the vineyards,
for I will pass througha your midst,”
says the Lord.b
Hebrew aven, a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory name for Bethel); see Hosea 4:15.
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