The voice of the Lord calls out to the city (and it is wise to fear Your name): "Pay attention to the rod and the One who ordained it.
Are there still the treasures of wickedness and the accursed short measure in the house of the wicked?
Can I excuse wicked scales or bags of deceptive weights?
For the wealthy of the city are full of violence, and its residents speak lies; the tongues in their mouths are deceitful.
"As a result, I have begun to strike you severely, bringing desolation because of your sins.
You will eat but not be satisfied, for there will be hunger within you. What you acquire, you cannot save, and what you do save, I will give to the sword.
You will sow but not reap; you will press olives but not anoint yourself with oil; and [you will tread] grapes but not drink the wine.
The statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab's house have been observed; you have followed their policies. Therefore, I will make you a desolate place and the city's residents an object of contempt; you will bear the scorn of My people."