Israel is Diminished1 Hear the word of the lord which I take up against you -- a lamentation! The house of Israel fell; no longer should it proceed to rise. 2 Virgin Israel tripped upon its land; there is none raising her up. 3 For thus says the lord God, The city from out of which went a thousand, shall be left with a hundred; and from out of which went forth a hundred, shall be left ten to the house of Israel.
A Plea for Repentance4 For thus says the lord to the house of Israel, Inquire of me! and you shall live. 5 And do not seek after Beth-el, and into Gilgal enter not, and by Well of the Oath do not pass over! For Gilgal, by capturing shall be captured, and Beth-el will be as not existing. 6 Inquire of the lord, and live! so that [4should not 5blaze up 6as 7fire 1the 2house 3of Joseph], and it should devour him, and there shall not be the one extinguishing to the house of Israel. 7 The one appointing [2in 3the height 1judgment], even [2righteousness 3for 4the earth 1established]; 8 The one making all things, and fashioning them differently, and turning [2into 3the morning 1the shadow], and [2day 3into 4night 1darkening]; the one calling on the water of the sea, and pouring it upon the face of the earth -- the lord God almighty is his name. 9 The one dividing conflict into strength, and [2misery 3upon 4the fortress 1the one bringing]. 10 They detested [2at 3the gates 1the one reproving], and [3word 2the sacred 1they abhorred]. 11 On account of this, because they struck [2with their fist 1the poor], and [3gifts 2choice 1they took] from them; [3houses 2planed 1seeing that you built], that in no way shall you dwell in them; [3vineyards 2desirable 1you planted], but in no way should you drink of their wine. 12 For I knew many impious deeds of yours, and [2mighty 3sins 1your] -- trampling the just, taking prices, and [2the needy 3at 4the gates 1turning aside]. 13 Because of this, the one perceiving in that time shall keep silent, for the time is evil. 14 Inquire of the good, and not the wicked! so that you should live. And it will be thus -- the lord God almighty with you in which manner you spoke, saying, 15 We have detested the evil things, and we loved the good things. Then restore [2in 3the gates 1judgment]! so that [4should show mercy on 1the lord 2God 3almighty] the residue of Joseph. 16 On account of this, thus says the lord God almighty, In all squares shall be a beating of the breast, and in all ways it shall be said, Woe, woe. [2shall be called 1The farmer] unto mourning, and for beating of the breast, and for knowing wailing. 17 Even in all the ways a beating of the breast. For I shall go through your midst, said the lord.
The Day of The LORD18 Woe, O ones desiring the day of the lord, saying, What is this, [5to us 1the 2day 3of the 4 lord]? Even this is darkness and not light. 19 It will be in which manner if [2should flee 1a man] from the face of a lion, and [2should fall 3to him 1a bear]. And he should rush into his house, and should fasten his hands upon the wall, and [2should bite 3it 1a serpent]. 20 Is not darkness the day of the lord, and not light? and dimness, not having brightness in it? 21 I have detested, I have thrust away your holiday feasts, and in no way shall I savor in your festivals. 22 For if you should bring to me whole burnt-offerings and your sacrifice offerings, I will not favorably receive them. And [5deliverance offering 3the grandeur 4of your 1I will not 2look upon]. 23 Remove from me the sound of your odes! and [3the psalm 4of your instruments 1I will not 2hear]. 24 And [2shall roll down 3as 4water 1judgment], and righteousness as [2rushing stream 1an impassable]. 25 Did [3victims for slaughter 4and 5sacrifices 1you bring near 2to me], O house of Israel, for forty years in the wilderness? 26 And you took up the tent of Molech, and the star of your god, Raiphan, the impressions of them which you made for yourselves. 27 And I will displace you beyond Damascus, says the lord. God almighty is the name to him.
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