Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly ! They have abandoned the LORD, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away from Him.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil ; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness ; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter !
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight !
Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help And rely on horses, And trust in chariots because they are many And in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD !
Woe to you, O destroyer, While you were not destroyed ; And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him. As soon as you finish destroying, you will be destroyed ; As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with you.
"Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker - An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth ! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing ?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands '?
"Woe to him who says to a father, 'What are you begetting ?' Or to a woman, 'To what are you giving birth ?' "