Even ba lamentation, O house of Israel.
2 cThe virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise:
She dis forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
The city that ewent out by a thousand shall leave an hundred,
To the house of Israel.
And pass not to kBeer-sheba:
For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
6 gSeek the Lord, and ye shall live;
Lest he mbreak out like fire in the house of Joseph,
And devour it, and there be none to quench it in iBeth-el.
And pleave off righteousness in the earth,
vThat calleth for the waters of the sea,
vAnd poureth them out upon the face of the earth:
9 That strengtheneth the †spoiled against the strong,
So that the †spoiled shall come against the fortress.
And athey abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
And ye take from him bburdens of wheat:
cYe have built houses of hewn stone,
But ye shall not dwell in them;
But ye shall not drink wine of them.
They afflict the just, they take ||a bribe,
13 Therefore the prudent fshall keep silence in that time;
gFor it is an evil time.
14 hSeek good, and not evil, that ye may live:
16 Therefore the Lord, ithe God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus;
nnWailing shall be in all streets;
And they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas!
And they shall call the husbandman to mourning,
And osuch as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
For pI will pass through thee, saith the Lord.
To what end is it for you?
sThe day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.
19 tAs if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him;
Or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and ua serpent bit him.
vEven very dark, and no brightness in it?
21 wI hate, I despise your feast days,
And righteousness as ea mighty stream.
25 fHave ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
The star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
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