4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:
5 But do not seek dBethel,
Nor enter Gilgal,
Nor pass over to eBeersheba;
For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
And fBethel shall come to nothing.
6 gSeek the Lord and live,
Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
And devour it,
With no one to quench it in Bethel—
7 You who hturn justice to wormwood,
And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”
8 He made the iPleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
jAnd makes the day dark as night;
He kcalls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
lThe Lord is His name.
9 He 1rains ruin upon the strong,
So that fury comes upon the fortress.
10 mThey hate the one who rebukes in the gate,
And they nabhor the one who speaks uprightly.
11 oTherefore, because you 2tread down the poor
And take grain 3taxes from him,
Though pyou have built houses of hewn stone,
Yet you shall not dwell in them;
You have planted 4pleasant vineyards,
But you shall not drink wine from them.
12 For I qknow your manifold transgressions
And your mighty sins:
rAfflicting the just and taking bribes;
sDiverting the poor from justice at the gate.
13 Therefore tthe prudent keep silent at that time,
For it is an evil time.
That you may live;
So the Lord God of hosts will be with you,
uAs you have spoken.
15 vHate evil, love good;
Establish justice in the gate.
wIt may be that the Lord God of hosts
Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
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