3 And I said:
“Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
And you arulers of the house of Israel:
bIs it not for you to know justice?
Who strip the skin from 1My people,
And the flesh from their bones;
3 Who also ceat the flesh of My people,
Flay their skin from them,
Break their bones,
And chop them in pieces
Like meat for the pot,
dLike flesh in the caldron.”
4 Then ethey will cry to the Lord,
But He will not hear them;
He will even hide His face from them at that time,
Because they have been evil in their deeds.
5 Thus says the Lord fconcerning the prophets
Who make my people stray;
Who chant 2“Peace”
But who prepare war against him
hWho puts nothing into their mouths:
And you shall have darkness without divination;
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
And the day shall be dark for jthem.
And the diviners abashed;
Indeed they shall all cover their lips;
kFor there is no answer from God.”
And of justice and might,
lTo declare to Jacob his transgression
And to Israel his sin.
You heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And 5pervert all equity,
And Jerusalem with iniquity:
11 oHer heads judge for a bribe,
pHer priests teach for pay,
And her prophets divine for 6money.
qYet they lean on the Lord, and say,
“Is not the Lord among us?
No harm can come upon us.”
Zion shall be rplowed like a field,
sJerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
Like the bare hills of the forest.
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