The voice of ADONAI! He calls to the city - and it is wisdom to fear your name - "Listen to the rod and to him who commissioned it.
Are there still ill-gotten gains in the house of the wicked? still the detestable short eifah-measure?
Should I declare innocent wicked scales and a bag of fraudulent weights?
The rich men there are full of violence, the inhabitants tell lies, with tongues of deceit in their mouths.
"Therefore, I am starting to strike you down, to destroy you because of your sins.
You will eat but not be satisfied, with hunger gnawing inside you. You will conceive but not give birth; if you do give birth, I will give him to the sword.
You will sow but will not reap, you will press olives but not rub yourself with oil, likewise you will press grapes but not drink the wine.
For you keep the regulations of 'Omri and all the practices of the house of Ach'av, modeling yourselves on their advice. Therefore I will make you an object of horror, the inhabitants of this city a cause for contempt; you will suffer the insults aimed at my people."