Unjust Leaders Judged1 Then I said, “Now listen a leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of the house of Israel.
Aren’t you supposed to know what is just? b
2 You hate good and love evil.
You tear off people’s skin c
and strip their flesh from their bones.
3 You eat the flesh d of my people
after you strip their skin from them
and break their bones.
You chop them up e
like flesh for the cooking pot,
like meat in a cauldron.”
4 Then they will cry out f to the Lord,
but He will not answer them.
He will hide His face from them at that time g
because of the crimes they have committed.
False Prophets Judged5 This is what the Lord says
concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray h
who proclaim i peace
when they have food to sink their teeth into
but declare war against the one
who puts nothing in their mouths.
6 Therefore, it will be night j for you –
it will grow dark for you –
▼divination: An attempt to foresee future events or discover hidden knowledge by means of physical objects such as water, arrows, flying birds, or animal liversdivination. l
The sun will set m on these prophets,
and the daylight will turn black over them.
7 Then the seers will be ashamed n
and the diviners disappointed. o
They will all cover their mouths ▼
▼Lit mustache, q
because there will be no answer from God. r
8 As for me, however, I am filled with power s
by the Spirit of the Lord,
with justice and courage,
to proclaim to Jacob his rebellion
and to Israel his sin. t
Zion’s Destruction9 Listen to this, leaders of the house of Jacob u
you rulers of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice v
and pervert everything that is right,
10 who build ▼
▼Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the futureZion with bloodshed x
and Jerusalem with injustice.
11 Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe y
her priests teach for payment z
and her prophets practice divination for money.
Yet they lean on the Lord, saying,
“Isn’t the Lord aa among us?
No disaster will overtake us.”
12 Therefore, because of you,
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become ruins ab
and the hill of the temple mount ac
will be a thicket. ad
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