This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].1 They sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.27
They trample on the heads of the poor as upon the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name.38
They lie down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge.4 In the house of their god they drink wine5 taken as fines.69
"I destroyed the Amorite7 before them, though he was tall8 as the cedars and strong as the oaks.9 I destroyed his fruit above and his roots10 below.
"I brought you up out of Egypt,11 and I led12 you forty years in the desert13 to give you the land of the Amorites.1411
I also raised up prophets15 from among your sons and Nazirites16 from among your young men. Is this not true, people of Israel?" declares the LORD.
"But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.1713
"Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.1814
The swift will not escape,19 the strong20 will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life.2115
The archer22 will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman23 will not save his life.2416
Even the bravest warriors25 will flee naked on that day," declares the LORD.