Those who guide1 this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.217
Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,3 nor will he pity4 the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly5 and wicked,6 every mouth speaks vileness.7 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.818
Surely wickedness burns like a fire;9 it consumes briers and thorns,10 it sets the forest thickets ablaze,11 so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.
By the wrath12 of the LORD Almighty the land will be scorched13 and the people will be fuel for the fire;14 no one will spare his brother.1520
On the right they will devour, but still be hungry;16 on the left they will eat,17 but not be satisfied. Each will feed on the flesh of his own offspringa:
Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;18 together they will turn against Judah.19 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.20