9 The voice of the Lord calls to the city, and the wise person honors him. So pay attention to the rod of punishment; pay attention to the One who threatens to punish.
10 Are there still in the wicked house wicked treasures and the cursed false measure?
11 Can I forgive people who cheat others with wrong weights and scales?
12 The rich people of the city do cruel things. Its people tell lies; they do not tell the truth.
13 As for me, I will make you sick. I will attack you, ruining you because of your sins.
14 You will eat, but you won't become full; you will still be hungry and empty. You will store up, but save nothing, and what you store up, the sword will destroy.
15 You will plant, but you won't harvest. You will step on your olives, but you won't get any oil from them. You will crush the grapes, but you will not drink the new wine.
16 This is because you obey the laws of King Omri and do all the things that Ahab's family does; you follow their advice. So I will let you be destroyed. The people in your city will be laughed at, and other nations will make fun of you.