The leaders are like lions roaring over the animals they have killed. They kill the people, take all the money and property they can get, and by their murders leave many widows.
The priests break my law and have no respect for what is holy. They make no distinction between what is holy and what is not. They do not teach the difference between clean and unclean things, and they ignore the Sabbath. As a result the people of Israel do not respect me. 1
The government officials are like wolves tearing apart the animals they have killed. They commit murder in order to get rich.
The prophets have hidden these sins like workers covering a wall with whitewash. They see false visions and make false predictions. They claim to speak the word of the Sovereign Lord, but I, the Lord, have not spoken to them.
The wealthy cheat and rob. They mistreat the poor and take advantage of foreigners.
I looked for someone who could build a wall, who could stand in the places where the walls have crumbled and defend the land when my anger is about to destroy it, but I could find no one.
So I will turn my anger loose on them, and like a fire I will destroy them for what they have done." The Sovereign Lord has spoken.