4Hearthis, you who a1trample the needy, to doaway with the humble of the land,
5saying, "When will the 2newmoonbbe over, So that we may sellgrain, And the 3sabbath, that we may open the wheat market, To make the cbushelsmaller and the shekelbigger, And to 4cheat with ddishonestscales,
So as to 5buy the helpless for emoney And the needy for a pair of sandals, And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat ?"
The LORD has 6sworn by the 7pride of Jacob, "Indeed, I will 8neverforgetany of their deeds.
8"Because of this will not the land9quake And everyone who dwells in it 10mourn ? Indeed, all of it will 11rise up like the Nile, And it will be tossedabout And subside like the Nile of Egypt.
"It will come about in that day," declares the LordGOD, "That I will make the 12sungo down at noon And 13make the earthdark in fbroaddaylight .
"Then I will 14turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into glamentation ; And I will bring15sackcloth on everyone'sloins And baldness on everyhead. And I will make it 16like a time of mourning for an onlyson, And the end of it will be like a bitterday.
11"Behold, days are coming," declares the LordGOD, "When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather17for hearing the words of the LORD.
"People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east ; They will go to and fro to 18seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.
"In that day the beautiful19virgins And the youngmen will 20faint from thirst.
"As for those who swear by the h21guilt of Samaria, Who say, 'As your godlives, O 22Dan,' And, 'As the way of 23Beershebalives,' They will fall and 24not riseagain."