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.