1Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.2
The virgin of Israel is fallen ; she shall no morerise : she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up .
For thus saith the LordGOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leaveten, to the house of Israel.4
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel,Seek ye me, and ye shall live :
But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity , and Bethel shall come to nought.6Seek the LORD, and ye shall live ; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.7
Ye who turnjudgment to wormwood, and leave offrighteousness in the earth,8
Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the daydark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:9
That strengtheneth the spoileda against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.10
They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speakethuprightly.11Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have builthouses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have plantedpleasantbvineyards, but ye shall not drinkwine of them.
For I know your manifoldtransgressions and your mightysins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe,c and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an eviltime.14Seekgood, and not evil, that ye may live : and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken .
15Hate the evil, and love the good, and establishjudgment in the gate: it may be that the LORDGod of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.16
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord,saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways,Alas!alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.17
And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will passthrough thee, saith the LORD.18Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.19
As if a man did fleefrom a lion, and a bearmet him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpentbit him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
I hate , I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.22
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.23
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.24
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mightystream.25
Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wildernessfortyyears, O house of Israel?26
But ye have borne the tabernacled of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
Therefore will I cause you to go into captivitybeyondDamascus,saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.