2 Attention! Let all the people of the world listen!
Let the earth and everything in it hear.
The Sovereign Lord is making accusations against you;
the Lord speaks from his holy Temple.
He leaves his throne in heaven
and tramples the heights of the earth.
and flow into the valleys
like wax in a fire,
like water pouring down a hill.
Because of the rebellion of Israel* —
yes, the sins of the whole nation.
Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion?
Samaria, its capital city!
Where is the center of idolatry in Judah?
In Jerusalem, its capital!
a heap of ruins.
Her streets will be plowed up
for planting vineyards.
I will roll the stones of her walls into the valley below,
exposing her foundations.
All her sacred treasures will be burned.
These things were bought with the money
earned by her prostitution,
and they will now be carried away
to pay prostitutes elsewhere.”
I will walk around barefoot and naked.
I will howl like a jackal
and moan like an owl.
is too deep to heal.
It has reached into Judah,
even to the gates of Jerusalem.
10 Don’t tell our enemies in Gath* ;
don’t weep at all.
You people in Beth-leaphrah,*
roll in the dust to show your despair.
11 You people in Shaphir,*
go as captives into exile—naked and ashamed.
The people of Zaanan*
dare not come outside their walls.
The people of Beth-ezel* mourn,
for their house has no support.
12 The people of Maroth* anxiously wait for relief,
but only bitterness awaits them
as the Lord’s judgment reaches
even to the gates of Jerusalem.
you people of Lachish.*
You were the first city in Judah
to follow Israel in her rebellion,
and you led Jerusalem* into sin.
14 Send farewell gifts to Moresheth-gath* ;
there is no hope of saving it.
The town of Aczib*
has deceived the kings of Israel.
15 O people of Mareshah,*
I will bring a conqueror to capture your town.
And the leaders* of Israel
will go to Adullam.
for the children you love will be snatched away.
Make yourselves as bald as a vulture,
for your little ones will be exiled to distant lands.
1 What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night,
thinking up evil plans.
You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out,
simply because you have the power to do so.
you find a way to seize it.
When you want someone’s house,
you take it by fraud and violence.
You cheat a man of his property,
stealing his family’s inheritance.
“I will reward your evil with evil;
you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose.
You will no longer walk around proudly,
for it will be a terrible time.”
by singing this song of despair about you:
“We are finished,
God has confiscated our land,
taking it from us.
He has given our fields
to those who betrayed us.* ”
and the Lord’s people will have no say
in how the land is divided.
6 “Don’t say such things,”
the people respond.*
“Don’t prophesy like that.
Such disasters will never come our way!”
7 Should you talk that way, O family of Israel?*
Will the Lord’s Spirit have patience with such behavior?
If you would do what is right,
you would find my words comforting.
my people rise against me like an enemy!
You steal the shirts right off the backs
of those who trusted you,
making them as ragged as men
returning from battle.
and forever stripped their children of all that God would give them.
This is no longer your land and home,
for you have filled it with sin
and ruined it completely.
“I’ll preach to you the joys of wine and alcohol!”
That’s just the kind of prophet you would like!
12 “Someday, O Israel, I will gather you;
I will gather the remnant who are left.
I will bring you together again like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in its pasture.
Yes, your land will again
be filled with noisy crowds!
and lead you out of exile,
out through the gates of the enemy cities,
back to your own land.
Your king will lead you;
the Lord himself will guide you.”
1 I said, “Listen, you leaders of Israel!
You are supposed to know right from wrong,
who hate good and love evil.
You skin my people alive
and tear the flesh from their bones.
strip off their skin,
and break their bones.
You chop them up
like meat for the cooking pot.
Do you really expect him to answer?
After all the evil you have done,
he won’t even look at you!”
“You false prophets are leading my people astray!
You promise peace for those who give you food,
but you declare war on those who refuse to feed you.
cutting off all your visions.
Darkness will cover you,
putting an end to your predictions.
The sun will set for you prophets,
and your day will come to an end.
and you fortune-tellers will be disgraced.
And you will cover your faces
because there is no answer from God.”
with the Spirit of the Lord.
I am filled with justice and strength
to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion.
You hate justice and twist all that is right.
on a foundation of murder and corruption.
you priests teach God’s laws only for a price;
you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid.
Yet all of you claim to depend on the Lord.
“No harm can come to us,” you say,
“for the Lord is here among us.”
Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins!
A thicket will grow on the heights
where the Temple now stands.
1:10a Gath sounds like the Hebrew term for “tell.”
1:10b Beth-leaphrah means “house of dust.”
1:11a Shaphir means “pleasant.”
1:11b Zaanan sounds like the Hebrew term for “come out.”
1:11c Beth-ezel means “adjoining house.”
1:12 Maroth sounds like the Hebrew term for “bitter.”
1:13a Lachish sounds like the Hebrew term for “team of horses.”
1:13b Hebrew the daughter of Zion.
1:14a Moresheth sounds like the Hebrew term for “gift” or “dowry.”
1:14b Aczib means “deception.”
1:15a Mareshah sounds like the Hebrew term for “conqueror.”
1:15b Hebrew the glory.
2:4 Or to those who took us captive.
2:6 Or the prophets respond; Hebrew reads they prophesy.