1 Hear now a word: the Lord God has said; Arise, plead with the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
2 Hear ye, O mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and valleys the foundations of the earth: for the Lord a controversy with his people, and will plead with Israel.
3 O my people, what have I done to thee? or wherein have I grieved thee? or wherein have I troubled thee? answer me.
4 For I brought tee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage, and sent before thee Moses, and Aaron, and Mariam.
5 O my people, remember now, what counsel Balac king of Moab took against thee, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, from the reeds to Galgal; that the righteousness of the Lord might be known.
6 Wherewithal shall I reach the Lord, lay hold of my God most high? shall I reach him by whole-burnt-offerings, by calves of a year old?
7 Will the Lord accept thousands of rams, or ten thousands of fat goats? should I give my first-born for ungodliness, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 Has it been told thee, O man, what good? or what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, and love mercy, and be ready to walk with the Lord thy God?
9 The Lord's voice shall be proclaimed in the city, and he shall save those that fear his name: hear, O tribe; and who shall order the city?
10 not fire, and the house of the wicked heaping up wicked treasures, and with the pride of unrighteousness?
11 Shall the wicked be justified by the balanced, or deceitful weights in the bag,
12 whereby they have accumulated their ungodly wealth, and they that dwell in the city have uttered falsehoods, and their tongue has been exalted in their mouth?
13 Therefore will I begin to smite thee; I will destroy thee in thy sins.
14 Thou shalt eat, and shalt not be satisfied; and there shall be darkness upon thee; and he shall depart from , and thou shalt not escape; and all that shall escape shall be delivered over to the sword.
15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt press the olive, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with oil; and wine, but ye shall drink no wine: and the ordinances of my people shall be utterly abolished.
16 For thou hast kept the statues of Zambri, and all the works of the house of Achaab; and ye have walked in their ways, that I might deliver thee to utter destruction, and those that inhabit the city to hissing: and ye shall bear the reproach of nations.