For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins.1 You oppress the righteous and take bribes2 and you deprive the poor3 of justice in the courts.4
Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet5 in such times, for the times are evil.6
Seek good, not evil, that you may live.7 Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
Hate evil,8 love good;9 maintain justice in the courts.10 Perhaps11 the LORD God Almighty will have mercy12 on the remnant13 of Joseph.
Therefore this is what the Lord, the LORD God Almighty, says: "There will be wailing14 in all the streets15 and cries of anguish in every public square. The farmers16 will be summoned to weep and the mourners to wail.
There will be wailing17 in all the vineyards, for I will pass through18 your midst," says the LORD.19
Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD!20 Why do you long for the day of the LORD?21 That day will be darkness,22 not light.23
It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear,24 as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him.25
Will not the day of the LORD be darkness,26 not light-- pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?27
"I hate,28 I despise your religious feasts;29 I cannot stand your assemblies.30
Even though you bring me burnt offerings31 and grain offerings, I will not accept them.3233 Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.3435
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