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.