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16 Therefore the Lord God of hosts, the Lord, says this:
“There shall be wailing in all streets,
And they shall say in all the highways,
They shall call the farmer to mourning,
xAnd skillful lamenters to wailing.
For yI will pass through you,”
Says the Lord.
18 zWoe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
For what good is athe day of the Lord to you?
It will be darkness, and not light.
19 It will be bas though a man fled from a lion,
And a bear met him!
Or as though he went into the house,
Leaned his hand on the wall,
And a serpent bit him!
Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
21 “I chate, I despise your feast days,
And dI do not savor your sacred assemblies.
22 eThough you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
24 fBut let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.
25 “Did gyou offer Me sacrifices and offerings
In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
And 6Chiun, your idols,
The star of your gods,
Which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into captivity ibeyond Damascus,”
Says the Lord, jwhose name is the God of hosts.
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