How terrible it will be for you who say, "If only the day of the LORD were here! For then the LORD would rescue us from all our enemies." But you have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will not bring light and prosperity, but darkness and disaster.
In that day you will be like a man who runs from a lion -- only to meet a bear. After escaping the bear, he leans his hand against a wall in his house -- and is bitten by a snake.
Yes, the day of the LORD will be a dark and hopeless day, without a ray of joy or hope.
"I hate all your show and pretense -- the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.
I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won't even notice all your choice peace offerings.
Away with your hymns of praise! They are only noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely it is.
Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry."
"Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, Israel?
No, your real interest was in your pagan gods -- Sakkuth your king god and Kaiwan your star god -- the images you yourselves made.
So I will send you into exile, to a land east of Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.