For the Lord speaks,
“cSons I have reared and brought up,
But they have drevolted against Me.
And a donkey its master’s manger,
But Israel adoes not know,
My people bdo not understand.”
People weighed down with iniquity,
Sons who bact corruptly!
They have cabandoned the Lord,
They have ddespised the Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away 2from Him.
As you acontinue in your rebellion?
The whole head is bsick
And the whole heart is faint.
6 aFrom the sole of the foot even to the head
There is bnothing sound in it,
Only bruises, welts and raw wounds,
cNot pressed out or bandaged,
Nor softened with oil.
7 Your aland is desolate,
Your cities are burned with fire,
Your fields—strangers are devouring them in your presence;
It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.
Like a watchman’s hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.
9 aUnless the Lord of hosts
Had left us a few bsurvivors,
We would be like cSodom,
We would be like Gomorrah.
10 Hear athe word of the Lord,
You rulers of bSodom;
Give ear to the instruction of our God,
You people of Gomorrah.
11 “aWhat are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?”
Says the Lord.
“I 1have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle;
And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
12 “When you come ato appear before Me,
Who requires 1of you this trampling of My courts?
aIncense is an abomination to Me.
I cannot dendure iniquity and the solemn assembly.
14 “I hate your new moon festivals and your aappointed feasts,
They have become a burden to Me;
I am bweary of bearing them.
15 “So when you aspread out your hands in prayer,
bI will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you cmultiply prayers,
I will not listen.
cRemove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
dCease to do evil,
Reprove the ruthless,
Plead for the widow.
18 “Come now, and alet us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“bThough your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
19 “aIf you consent and obey,
You will beat the best of the land;
You will be adevoured by the sword.”
Truly, bthe mouth of the Lord has spoken.
21 How the faithful city has become a aharlot,
She who was full of justice!
Righteousness once lodged in her,
But now murderers.
Your drink diluted with water.
23 Your arulers are rebels
And companions of thieves;
Everyone bloves a bribe
And chases after rewards.
Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.
24 Therefore the Lord 1God of hosts,
The aMighty One of Israel, declares,
“Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries
And bavenge Myself on My foes.
And will asmelt away your dross as with lye
And will remove all your alloy.
26 “Then I will restore your ajudges as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning;
After that you will be called the bcity of righteousness,
A faithful city.”
27 Zion will be aredeemed with justice
And her 1repentant ones with righteousness.
And those who forsake the Lord will come to an end.
And you will be embarrassed at the bgardens which you have chosen.
Or as a garden that has no water.
His work also a spark.
Thus they shall both aburn together
And there will be bnone to quench them.
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