The Indictment of the Lord

1 1Hear what the LORD says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.
2 2Hear, you mountains, 3the indictment of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the LORD has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel.
3 "O my people, 4what have I done to you? 5How have I wearied you? Answer me!
4 For 6I brought you up from the land of Egypt and 7redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and 8Miriam.
5 O my people, remember 9what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from 10Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know 11the saving acts of the LORD."

What Does the Lord Require?

6 12"With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before 13God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
7 14Will the LORD be pleased witha thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? 15Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and 16what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,b and to 17walk humbly with your God?