6 Listen to what the Lord says:
“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;m
let the hills hear what you have to say.
listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a casep against his people;
he is lodging a chargeq against Israel.
4 I brought you up out of Egyptt
and redeemed you from the land of slavery.u
I sent Mosesv to lead you,
what Balaky king of Moab plotted
and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
that you may know the righteous actsb of the Lord.”
6 With what shall I come beforec the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?d
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,e
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?f
Shall I offer my firstborng for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?h
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justlyi and to love mercy
9 Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
and to fear your name is wisdom—
11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,n
with a bag of false weights?o
12 Your rich people are violent;p
your inhabitants are liarsq
and their tongues speak deceitfully.r
13 Therefore, I have begun to destroys you,
to ruind you because of your sins.
14 You will eat but not be satisfied;t
your stomach will still be empty.e
You will store up but save nothing,u
because what you savef I will give to the sword.
15 You will plant but not harvest;v
you will press olives but not use the oil,
you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.w
16 You have observed the statutes of Omrix
and all the practices of Ahab’sy house;
you have followed their traditions.z
Therefore I will give you over to ruina
and your people to derision;
The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
An ephah was a dry measure.
Or Therefore, I will make you ill and destroy you; / I will ruin
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
Or You will press toward birth but not give birth, / and what you bring to birth
Septuagint; Hebrew scorn due my people
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