2 Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth, j
for the Lord has spoken:
“I have raised children k and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against Me. l
and the donkey its master’s feeding trough,
but Israel does not know;
My people do not understand.” m
people weighed down with iniquity, n
brood of evildoers, o
depraved children! p
They have abandoned q the Lord;
they have turned their backs on Him.
Why do you keep on rebelling?
The whole head is hurt,
and the whole heart is sick.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, t
no spot is uninjured u—
wounds, welts, and festering sores
not cleansed, bandaged,
or soothed with oil.
your cities burned with fire; v
foreigners devour your fields
before your very eyes—
a desolation demolished by foreigners.
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a shack in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
had not left us a few survivors, y
we would be like Sodom,
we would resemble Gomorrah. z
10 Hear the word of the Lord, a
you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah! b
asks the Lord.
“I have had enough of * burnt offerings and rams
and the fat of well-fed cattle;
I have no desire for the blood of bulls,
lambs, or male goats. c
who requires this from you—
this trampling of My courts?
13 Stop bringing useless offerings. d
Your incense is detestable to Me.
New Moons and Sabbaths, e
and the calling of solemn assemblies f—
I cannot stand iniquity g with a festival.
They have become a burden to Me;
I am tired of putting up with them.
15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, h
I will refuse to look at you;
even if you offer countless prayers,
I will not listen. i
Your hands are covered with blood. j
16 “Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. k
Remove your evil deeds from My sight.
Stop doing evil. l
Seek justice. m
Correct the oppressor. n
Defend the rights of the fatherless.
Plead the widow’s cause.
18 “Come, let us discuss this,” o
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be as white as snow; p
though they are as red as crimson,
they will be like wool.
you will eat the good things of the land. q
you will be devoured by the sword.” r
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. s
what an adulteress t she has become!
She was once full of justice.
Righteousness once dwelt in her—
but now, murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross, u
your beer v is diluted with water.
friends of thieves. w
They all love graft
and chase after bribes. x
They do not defend the rights of the fatherless,
and the widow’s case never comes before them. y
the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah, I will gain satisfaction from My foes;
I will take revenge against My enemies. z
25 I will turn My hand against you a
I will remove all your impurities. d
and your advisers to their former state. g
Afterward you will be called the Righteous City, h
a Faithful City.”
her repentant ones by righteousness. i
and those who abandon the Lord will perish.
29 Indeed, they j will be ashamed of the sacred trees
you desired, k
and you will be embarrassed because of the gardens
you have chosen. l
whose leaves are withered,
and like a garden without water. m
and his work a spark;
both will burn together, n
with no one to quench the flames. o
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