Listen to what the LORD says: "Stand up, plead your case before the mountains;1 let the hills hear what you have to say.
Hear,2 O mountains, the LORD's accusation;3 listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case4 against his people; he is lodging a charge5 against Israel.
"My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened6 you?7 Answer me.
I brought you up out of Egypt8 and redeemed you from the land of slavery.9 I sent Moses10 to lead you, also Aaron11 and Miriam.12
My people, remember what Balak13 king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember [ your journey] from Shittim14 to Gilgal,15 that you may know the righteous acts16 of the LORD."
With what shall I come before17 the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?18
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,19 with ten thousand rivers of oil?20 Shall I offer my firstborn21 for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?22
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly23 and to love mercy and to walk humbly24 with your God.25
Listen! The LORD is calling to the city-- and to fear your name is wisdom-- "Heed the rod26 and the One who appointed it.
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