Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales,1 with a bag of false weights?212
Her rich men are violent;3 her people are liars4 and their tongues speak deceitfully.513
Therefore, I have begun to destroy6 you, to ruin you because of your sins.
You will eat but not be satisfied;7 your stomach will still be empty.a You will store up but save nothing,8 because what you save I will give to the sword.
You will plant but not harvest;9 you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.1016
You have observed the statutes of Omri11 and all the practices of Ahab's12 house, and you have followed their traditions.13 Therefore I will give you over to ruin14 and your people to derision; you will bear the scorn15 of the nations.b "