1Hearthisword, you cows of 1Bashanwho are on the 2mountain of Samaria, Who 3oppress the poor, who crush the needy, Who say to ayour husbands, "Bring now, that we may 4drink!"
The LordbGOD has 5sworn by His 6holiness, "Behold, the days are coming upon you When cthey will take you away with 7meathooks, And the last of you with 8fishhooks.
"You will 9go out through breaches in the walls, Eachonestraightbefore her, And you dwill be cast to Harmon," declares the LORD.
4"EnterBethel and transgress; In Gilgalmultiplytransgression! 10Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every threedays.
"eOffer a 11thankoffering also from that which is leavened, And proclaim12freewillofferings, make them known. For so you 13love to do, you sons of Israel," Declares the LordGOD.
"But I gave you also14cleanness of teeth in all your cities And lack of bread in all your places, Yet you have 15not returned to Me," declares the LORD.
7"Furthermore, I 16withheld the rain from you While there were stillthreemonths until harvest. Then I would sendrain on onecity And on 17anothercity I would not sendrain; Onepart would be rained on, While the part not rained on would dry up.
"So two or threecities would stagger to anothercity to drink18water, But would 19not be satisfied; Yet you have 20not returned to Me," declares the LORD.
"I 21smote you with scorching wind and mildew; And the 22caterpillar was devouring Your manygardens and vineyards, figtrees and olivetrees; Yet you have 23not returned to Me," declares the LORD.
"I sent a 24plague among you after the manner of Egypt; I 25slew your youngmen by the swordalong with your 26capturedhorses, And I made the 27stench of your camprise up in your nostrils; Yet you have 28not returned to Me," declares the LORD.
"I overthrew you, as 29GodoverthrewSodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a 30firebrandsnatched from a blaze; Yet you have 31not returned to Me," declares the LORD.
12"Thereforethus I will do to you, O Israel; Because I will dothis to you, Prepare to 32meet your God, O Israel."
For behold, He who 33formsmountains and 34creates the wind And 35declares to manwhat are His thoughts, He who 36makesdawn into darkness And 37treads on the highplaces of the earth, 38The LORDGod of hosts is His name.