"Son of man, say to the land, 'You are a land that has had no rain or showersa in the day of wrath.'125
There is a conspiracy2 of her princesb within her like a roaring lion3 tearing its prey; they devour people,4 take treasures and precious things and make many widows5 within her.
Her priests do violence to my law6 and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common;7 they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean;8 and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned9 among them.1027
Her officials11 within her are like wolves12 tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people13 to make unjust gain.1428
Her prophets whitewash15 these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations.16 They say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says'--when the LORD has not spoken.1729
The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery;18 they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien,19 denying them justice.2030
"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall21 and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.2231
So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger,23 bringing down24 on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.25"