2 Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
and the donkey its master’s crib;
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.
people laden with iniquity,
offspring who do evil,
children who deal corruptly,
who have forsaken the Lord,
who have despised the Holy One of Israel,
who are utterly estranged!
Why do you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
and bleeding wounds;
they have not been drained, or bound up,
or softened with oil.
your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
aliens devour your land;
it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
like a booth in a vineyard,
like a shelter in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
had not left us a few survivors,
we would have been like Sodom,
and become like Gomorrah.
you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the teaching of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,a
who asked this from your hand?
Trample my courts no more;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation—
I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me,
I am weary of bearing them.
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
remove the evil of your doings
from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.
says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
you shall eat the good of the land;
you shall be devoured by the sword;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
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