1 Hear this word which I take up for you as a adirge, O house of Israel:
2 She has fallen, she will anot rise again—
The bvirgin Israel.
She lies neglected on her land;
There is cnone to raise her up.
3 For thus says the Lord 1God,
“The city which goes forth a thousand strong
Will have a ahundred left,
And the one which goes forth a hundred strong
Will have bten left to the house of Israel.”
And do not come to bGilgal,
Nor cross over to cBeersheba;
For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity
And Bethel will 2come to trouble.
6 “aSeek the Lord that you may live,
And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel,
7 For those who turn ajustice into wormwood
And 1cast righteousness down to the earth.”
8 He who made the aPleiades and Orion
And bchanges deep darkness into morning,
Who dcalls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the surface of the earth,
The eLord is His name.
9 It is He who aflashes forth with destruction upon the strong,
So that bdestruction comes upon the fortress.
And they babhor him who speaks with integrity.
11 Therefore because you 1impose heavy rent on the poor
And exact a tribute of grain from them,
Though you have built ahouses of well-hewn stone,
Yet you will not live in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will bnot drink their wine.
You who adistress the righteous and accept bribes
And thus may the Lord God of hosts be with you,
aJust as you have said!
15 aHate evil, love good,
And establish justice in the 1gate!
Perhaps the Lord God of hosts
“There is awailing in all the plazas,
And in all the streets they say, ‘Alas! Alas!’
They also call the bfarmer to mourning
17 “And in all the avineyards there is wailing,
Because I will pass through the midst of you,” says the Lord.
18 Alas, you who are longing for the aday of the Lord,
For what purpose will the day of the Lord be to you?
It will be bdarkness and not light;
19 As when a man aflees from a lion
And a bear meets him,
1Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall
And a snake bites him.
20 Will not the day of the Lord be adarkness instead of light,
Even gloom with no brightness in it?
21 “I hate, I areject your festivals,
22 “Even though you aoffer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
And I will not even look at the bpeace offerings of your fatlings.
I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.
24 “But let ajustice roll down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
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