Hear ye this word of the Lord, even a lamentation, which I take up against you. The house of Israel is fallen; it shall no more rise.
The virgin of Israel has fallen upon his land; there is none that shall raise her up.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; The city out of which there went forth a thousand, there shall be left a hundred, and out of which there went forth a hundred, there shall be left ten to the house of Israel.
Wherefore thus saith the Lord to the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live.
But seek not Bethel, and go not into Galgala, and cross not over to the Well of the Oath: for Galgala shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall be as that which is not.
Seek ye the Lord, and ye shall live; lest the house of Joseph blaze as fire, and it devour him, and there shall be none to quench it for the house of Israel.
that executes judgment in the height , and he has established justice on the earth:
who makes all things, and changes , and turns darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night: who calls for the water of the sea, and pours it out on the face of the earth: the Lord is his name:
who dispenses ruin to strength, and brings distress upon the fortress.
They hated him that reproved in the gates, and abhorred holy speech.
Therefore because they have smitten the poor with their fists, and ye have received of them choice gifts; ye have built polished houses, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted desirable vineyards, but ye shall not drink the wine of them.
For I know your many transgressions, and your sins are great, trampling on the just, taking bribes, and turning aside the poor in the gates.
Therefore the prudent shall be silent at that time; for it is a time of evils.
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord God Almighty shall be with you, as ye have said,
We have hated evil, and loved good: and restore ye judgment in the gates; that the Lord God Almighty may have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God Almighty; In all the streets lamentations; and in all the ways shall it be said, Woe, woe! the husbandman shall be called to mourning and lamentation, and to them that are skilled in complaining.
And lamentation in all the ways; because I will pass through the midst of thee, saith the Lord.