Thus saith the LORD: "For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they sold the righteous for silver and the poor for a pair of shoes.
They pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek; and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid to profane My holy name.
And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid in pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
"Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above and his roots from beneath.
Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness to possess the land of the Amorite.
And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazirites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel?" saith the LORD.
"But ye gave the Nazirites wine to drink, and commanded the prophets, saying, `Prophesy not.'
"Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself.
Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow, and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself; neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day," saith the LORD.