Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament1 I take up concerning you:
"Fallen is Virgin2 Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up.3"
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "The city that marches out a thousand strong for Israel will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left.4"
This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek5 me and live;65
do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal,7 do not journey to Beersheba.8 For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.a9"
Seek10 the LORD and live,11 or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire;12 it will devour, and Bethel13 will have no one to quench it.14