And I said, "1Hearnow, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to 2knowjustice?
"You who hategood and loveevil, Who 3tearoff their skin from them And their flesh from their bones,
3Who4eat the flesh of my people, Stripoff their skin from them, Break their bones And 5chop them up as for the pot And as meat in a kettle."
4Then they will 6cry out to the LORD, But He will not answer them. Instead, He will 7hide His face from them at that timeBecause they have 8practicedevildeeds.
5Thussays the LORDconcerning the prophets who 9lead my peopleastray; When they have something to bite with their teeth, They 10cry, "Peace," But against him whoputsnothing in their mouths They declareholywar.
6Therefore it will be 11night for you-withoutvision, And darkness for you-withoutdivination. The 12sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will becomedarkover them.
The seers will be 13ashamed And the 14diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all15cover their amouthsBecausethere is 16noanswer from God.
On the otherhand17I am filled with power - With the Spirit of the LORD - And with justice and courage To 18makeknown to Jacob his rebelliousact, Even to Israel his sin.
9Nowhearthis, 19heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who 20abhorjustice And twisteverything that is straight,
Who 21buildZion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violentinjustice.
Her leaderspronounce22judgment for a bribe, Her 23priestsinstruct for a price And her prophetsdivine for money. Yet they lean on the LORDsaying, "24Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."
12Therefore, on account of you 25Zion will be plowed as a field, 26Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, And the 27mountain of the btemple will become highplaces of a forest.