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Now listen to what the Lord is saying:

Rise, plead your case before the mountains,

and let the hills hear your complaint.E

Listen to the Lord’s lawsuit,am

you mountains and enduring foundations of the earth,a

because the Lord has a case against his people,b

and he will argue it against Israel.

My people,c what have I done to you,d

or how have I wearied you?e

Testify against me!

Indeed, I brought you upf from the land of Egypt

and redeemed youg from that place of slavery.h

I sent Moses,i Aaron, and Miriamj ahead of you.

My people,

remember what King Balak of Moabk proposed,

what Balaam son of Beor answered him,l

and what happened from the Acacia GroveA,m to Gilgaln

so that you may acknowledge

the Lord’s righteous acts.o

What should I bring before the Lordp

when I come to bow before God on high?

Should I come before him with burnt offerings,q

with year-old calves?

Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of ramsr

or with ten thousand streams of oil?

Should I give my firstborn for my transgression,s

the offspring of my body for my own sin?

Mankind, he has told each of you what is goodt

and what it is the Lord requires of you:u

to act justly,v

to love faithfulness,w

and to walk humbly with your God.x


The voice of the Lord calls out to the cityB

(and it is wise to fear your name):

“Pay attention to the rod

and the one who ordained it.C

10 Are there stillD the treasures of wickednessy

and the accursed short measurez

in the house of the wicked?

11 Can I excuse wicked scales

or bags of deceptive weights?aa

12 For the wealthy of the city are full of violence,ab

and its residents speak lies;ac

the tongues in their mouths are deceitful.ad

13 “As a result, I have begun to strike you severely,E,ae

bringing desolation because of your sins.af

14 You will eat but not be satisfied,ag

for there will be hunger within you.

What you acquire, you cannot save,ah

and what you do save,

I will give to the sword.D

15 You will sow but not reap;ai

you will press olives

but not anoint yourself with oil;

and you will tread grapes

but not drink the wine.aj

16 The statutes of Omri

and all the practices of Ahab’s house

have been observed;

you have followed their policies.ak

Therefore, I will make you a desolate placeal

and the city’sF residents an object of contempt;G,am

you will bear the scorn of my people.”H,an


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

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