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So I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”
Then the Lord said to me:
a“The end has come upon My people Israel;
bI will not pass by them anymore.
3 And cthe songs of the temple
Shall be wailing in that day,”
Says the Lord God—
“Many dead bodies everywhere,
dThey shall be thrown out in silence.”
4 Hear this, you who 1swallow up the needy,
And make the poor of the land fail,
“When will the New Moon be past,
That we may sell grain?
And ethe Sabbath,
That we may 2trade wheat?
fMaking the ephah small and the shekel large,
Falsifying the scales by gdeceit,
6 That we may buy the poor for hsilver,
And the needy for a pair of sandals—
Even sell the bad wheat?”
7 The Lord has sworn by ithe pride of Jacob:
“Surely jI will never forget any of their works.
8 kShall the land not tremble for this,
And everyone mourn who dwells in it?
All of it shall swell like 3the River,
Heave and subside
lLike the River of Egypt.
m“That I will make the sun go down at noon,
And I will darken the earth in 4broad daylight;
10 I will turn your feasts into nmourning,
oAnd all your songs into lamentation;
pI will bring sackcloth on every waist,
And baldness on every head;
I will make it like mourning for an only son,
And its end like a bitter day.
“That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But qof hearing the words of the Lord.
And from north to east;
They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
But shall rnot find it.
And strong young men
Shall faint from thirst.
‘As your god lives, O Dan!’
And, ‘As the way of uBeersheba lives!’
They shall fall and never rise again.”
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