1Hearthiswordwhich I take up for you as a 1dirge, O house of Israel :
She has fallen, she will 2not riseagain - The 3virginIsrael. She lies neglected on her land ; There is 4none to raise her up.
For thussays the LordaGOD, "The city which goesforth a thousand strong Will have a 5hundredleft, And the one which goesforth a hundred strong Will have6tenleft to the house of Israel."
For thussays the LORD to the house of Israel, "7Seek Me 8that you may live.
"But do not bresort to 9Bethel And do not come to 10Gilgal, Norcrossover to 11Beersheba ; For Gilgal will certainlygo into captivity And Bethel will ccome to trouble.
"12Seek the LORD that you may live, Or He will breakforth like a 13fire, dO house of Joseph, And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel,
For those who turn14justice into wormwood And ecastrighteousnessdown to the earth."
He who made the 15Pleiades and Orion And 16changesdeepdarkness into morning, fWho also 17darkensday into night, Who 18calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The 19LORD is His name.
It is He who 20flashesforth with destruction upon the strong, So that 21destructioncomes upon the fortress.
They hate him who 22reproves in the ggate, And they 23abhor him who speaks with integrity.
11Thereforebecause you himposeheavyrent on the poor And exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built24houses of well-hewnstone, Yet you will not live in them; You have plantedpleasantvineyards, yet you will 25not drink their wine.
For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who 26distress the righteous and acceptbribes And iturnaside the poor in the jgate.
13Therefore at ksuch a time the prudent person 27keepssilent, for it is an eviltime.
14Seekgood and not evil, that you may live ; And thus may the LORDGod of hosts be with you, 28Just as you have said !
1529Hateevil, lovegood, And establishjustice in the lgate ! Perhaps the LORDGod of hosts30May be gracious to the 31remnant of Joseph.
16Thereforethussays the LORDGod of hosts, the Lord, "There is 32wailing in all the plazas, And in all the streets they say, 'Alas ! Alas !' They also call the 33farmer to mourning And m34professionalmourners to lamentation.
"And in all the 35vineyards there is wailing, Because I will pass through the midst of you," says the LORD.
18Alas, you who are longing for the 36day of the LORD, For whatpurpose will the day of the LORD be to you? It will be 37darkness and not light ;
As when a man38flees from a lion And a bearmeets him, nOr goeshome, leans his handagainst the wall And a snakebites him.
Will not the day of the LORD be 39darknessinstead of light, Even gloom with nobrightness in it?
"I hate, I 40reject your festivals, Nor do I o41delight in your solemnassemblies.
22"Eventhough you 42offer up to Me burntofferings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the 43peaceofferings of your fatlings.
23"Takeaway from Me the noise of your songs ; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.
"But let 44justicerolldown like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowingstream.
"p45Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for fortyyears, O house of Israel ?
"46You also carried along qSikkuth your king and rKiyyun, your images, sthe star of your godswhich you made for yourselves.
"Therefore, I will make you go into exilebeyondDamascus," says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.