Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor1 of the land,2
saying, "When will the New Moon3 be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market4 wheat?"5-- skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating6 with dishonest scales,7
buying the poor8 with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.9
The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob:10 "I will never forget11 anything they have done.12
"Will not the land tremble13 for this, and all who live in it mourn? The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt.14
"In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.15
I will turn your religious feasts16 into mourning and all your singing into weeping.17 I will make all of you wear sackcloth18 and shave19 your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son20 and the end of it like a bitter day.21
"The days are coming,"22 declares the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine through the land-- not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine23 of hearing the words of the LORD.24
Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.25
"In that day "the lovely young women and strong young men26 will faint because of thirst.27
They who swear by the shame of Samaria,28 or say, 'As surely as your god lives, O Dan,'29 or, 'As surely as the god of Beersheba30 lives'-- they will fall,31 never to rise again.32"
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