And when the people ask,1 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods2 in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners3 in a land not your own.'
"Announce this to the house of Jacob and proclaim4 it in Judah:
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,5 who have eyes6 but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:722
Should you not fear8 me?" declares the LORD. "Should you not tremble9 in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea,10 an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar,11 but they cannot cross it.
But these people have stubborn and rebellious12 hearts; they have turned aside13 and gone away.
They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear14 the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains15 in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'1625
Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.1726
"Among my people are wicked18 men who lie in wait19 like men who snare birds and like those who set traps20 to catch men.
Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit;21 they have become rich22 and powerful
and have grown fat23 and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless24 to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.2529
Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge26 myself on such a nation as this?
"A horrible27 and shocking thing has happened in the land:
The prophets prophesy lies,28 the priests29 rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?30