The righteous perish,1 and no one ponders it in his heart;2 devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.32
Those who walk uprightly4 enter into peace; they find rest5 as they lie in death.
"But you--come here, you sons of a sorceress,6 you offspring of adulterers7 and prostitutes!84
Whom are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels,9 the offspring of liars?
You burn with lust among the oaks10 and under every spreading tree;11 you sacrifice your children12 in the ravines and under the overhanging crags.
[The idols]13 among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; they, they are your lot. Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings14 and offered grain offerings. In the light of these things, should I relent?157
You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;16 there you went up to offer your sacrifices.178
Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love,18 and you looked on their nakedness.199
You went to Molecha20 with olive oil and increased your perfumes.21 You sent your ambassadorsb22 far away; you descended to the gravec23 itself !
You were wearied24 by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.'25 You found renewal of your strength,26 and so you did not faint.