Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament1 I take up concerning you:
"Fallen is Virgin2 Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up.3"
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "The city that marches out a thousand strong for Israel will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left.4"
This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek5 me and live;65
do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal,7 do not journey to Beersheba.8 For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.a9"
Seek10 the LORD and live,11 or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire;12 it will devour, and Bethel13 will have no one to quench it.147
You who turn justice into bitterness15 and cast righteousness16 to the ground178
(he who made the Pleiades and Orion,18 who turns blackness into dawn19 and darkens day into night,20 who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land-- the LORD is his name21--
he flashes destruction on the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin),22