Their houses will be turned over to others,1 together with their fields and their wives,2 when I stretch out my hand3 against those who live in the land," declares the LORD.
"From the least to the greatest, all4 are greedy for gain;5 prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.614
They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace.715
Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.8 So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish9 them," says the LORD.
This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,10 ask where the good way11 is, and walk in it, and you will find rest12 for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'
I appointed watchmen13 over you and said, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!'14 But you said, 'We will not listen.'1518
Therefore hear, O nations; observe, O witnesses, what will happen to them.
Hear, O earth:16 I am bringing disaster17 on this people, the fruit of their schemes,18 because they have not listened to my words19 and have rejected my law.2020
What do I care about incense from Sheba21 or sweet calamus22 from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;23 your sacrifices24 do not please me."2521
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "I will put obstacles before this people. Fathers and sons alike will stumble26 over them; neighbors and friends will perish."
This is what the LORD says: "Look, an army is coming from the land of the north;27 a great nation is being stirred up from the ends of the earth.28