But the people have not returned1 to him who struck2 them, nor have they sought3 the LORD Almighty.
So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed4 in a single day;515
the elders6 and prominent men7 are the head, the prophets8 who teach lies9 are the tail.
Those who guide10 this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.1117
Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,12 nor will he pity13 the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly14 and wicked,15 every mouth speaks vileness.16 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.17