Punishment Brings No Repentance1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring us more to drink.” 2 The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days are coming when you will be taken away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks. 3 You will go out [through] broken [walls] , each one straight ahead of her, and you will be cast out toward Harmon,” declares the LORD. 4 “Go to Bethel and transgress; rebel even more at Gilgal! Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days. ▼
▼ Or years5 Offer leavened bread as a thank offering, and loudly proclaim your freewill offerings, for that is what [you] children of Israel love to do!” declares the LORD GOD. 6 “ . . . I beset all your cities with cleanness of teeth and all your towns with lack of bread, yet you did not return to Me.” declares the LORD. 7 “I also withheld the rain from you when the harvest was three months away. I sent rain on one city but withheld [it] from another. One field received rain while [one] without rain withered. 8 People staggered from city to city for water to drink, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD. 9 “I struck you with blight and mildew in your growing gardens and vineyards; the locust devoured your fig and olive trees, yet you did not return to Me,” declares the LORD. 10 “I sent plagues among you like those of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp, yet you did not return to Me,” declares the LORD. 11 “Some of you I overthrew as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand ▼
▼ That is, a burning sticksnatched from a blaze, yet you did not return to Me,” declares the LORD. 12 “Therefore, that is what I will do to you, O Israel, and since I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel! 13 For behold, He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, the One who turns the dawn to darkness and strides on the heights of the earth, the LORD, the God of Hosts, is His name.”
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