Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have grown powerful and rich.
They have become fat and sleek. They have also excelled in evil matters. They have not taken up cases, such as the case of orphans, so they might prosper, and they have not defended the rights of the needy.
Should I not punish them for these things? [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. Should I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?
A horrible, terrible thing has taken place in the land.
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it?