Thus says the LORD: 1"For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because 2they sell the righteous for 3silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals--
those who trample the head of the poor 4into the dust of the earth and 5turn aside the way of the afflicted; 6a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned;
they lay themselves down beside every altar on garments 7taken in pledge, and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.
"Yet 8it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, 9whose height was like the height of the cedars and who was as strong as the oaks; 10I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath.
11Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt 12and led you forty years in the wilderness, 13to possess the land of the Amorite.
And I raised up some of your sons for prophets, and some of your young men for 14Nazirites. Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?" declares the LORD.
"But you made the Nazirites 15drink wine, and commanded the prophets, saying, 16'You shall not prophesy.'
"Behold, I will press you down in your place, as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
17Flight shall perish from the swift, 18and the strong shall not retain his strength, 19nor shall the mighty save his life;
he who handles the bow shall not stand, and he who is 20swift of foot shall not save himself, 21nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
and he who is stout of heart among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day," declares the LORD.