"Do not preach"—thus they preach— "one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us."
Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Is the Lord's patience exhausted? Are these his doings? Do not my words do good to one who walks uprightly?
But you rise up against my people a as an enemy; you strip the robe from the peaceful, b from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war.
The women of my people you drive out from their pleasant houses; from their young children you take away my glory forever.
Arise and go; for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction. c11
If someone were to go about uttering empty falsehoods, saying, "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink," such a one would be the preacher for this people!
I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob, I will gather the survivors of Israel; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in its pasture; it will resound with people.
The one who breaks out will go up before them; they will break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king will pass on before them, the Lord at their head.
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