Oppressors Judged1 Woe to those who dream up wickedness
and prepare evil plans a on their beds!
At morning light b they accomplish it
because the power is in their hands. c
2 They covet fields d and seize them; e
they also take houses.
They deprive a man of his home f
a person of his inheritance. g
3 Therefore, the Lord says:I am now planning h a disaster
against this nation; i
you cannot free your necks from it. j
Then you will not walk so proudly k
because it will be an evil time. l
4 In that day one will take up m a taunt against you,
and lament mournfully n saying,
“We are totally ruined! o
He measures out the allotted land of my people.
How He removes it from me!
He allots our fields p to traitors.”
5 Therefore, there will be no one
in the assembly of the Lord
to divide the land by casting lots. ▼
▼Lit Lord stretching the measuring line by lot, r
God’s Word Rejected6 “Quit your preaching,” s they ▼
▼= the prophetspreach.
“They should not preach these things; u
shame will not overtake us.” ▼
▼Text emended; MT reads things. Shame will not depart., w
7 House of Jacob, should it be asked,
“Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient? x
Are these the things He does?”
Don’t My words bring good y
to the one who walks uprightly? z
8 But recently My people have risen up
like an enemy: aa
You strip off the splendid robe ab
from those who are passing through confidently ac
like those returning from war.
9 You force ad the women of My people
out of their comfortable homes,
and you take My blessing ▼
▼Perhaps the land, af
from their children forever.
10 Get up and leave,
for this is not your place of rest ag
because defilement ah brings destruction –
a grievous destruction! ai
11 If a man of wind ▼
and invents lies: ak
“I will preach to you about wine and beer,” al
he would be just the preacher for this people! am
The Remnant Regathered12 I will indeed gather an all of you, Jacob;
I will collect the remnant of Israel. ao
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in the middle of its fold.
It will be noisy with people. ap
13 One who breaks open the way
will advance before them;
they will break out, pass through the gate,
and leave by it.
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord as their leader.
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