"Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They are continually setting traps for other people.
Like a cage filled with birds, their homes are filled with evil plots. And the result? Now they are great and rich.
They are well fed and well groomed, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor.
Should I not punish them for this?" asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself against a nation such as this?"
"A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land --
the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. And worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)