“Yet You Have Not Returned to Me”1Hear this word, you cows of a Bashan who are on the b mountain of Samaria,
Who c oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
Who say to ▼
▼ Lit their lordsyour husbands, “Bring now, that we may e drink!”
2The Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord , and so throughout the chGod has g sworn by His h holiness,
“Behold, the days are coming upon you
▼ Lit hethey will take you away with j meat hooks,
And the last of you with k fish hooks.
3“You will l go out through breaches in the walls,
Each one straight before her,
And you ▼
▼ So Gr; M.T. reads will castwill be cast to Harmon,” declares the Lord.
4“Enter Bethel and transgress;
In Gilgal multiply transgression!
n Bring your sacrifices every morning,
Your tithes every three days.
▼ Lit Offer up in smoke“Offer a p thank offering also from that which is leavened,
And proclaim q freewill offerings, make them known.
For so you r love to do, you sons of Israel,”
Declares the Lord God.
6“But I gave you also s cleanness of teeth in all your cities
And lack of bread in all your places,
Yet you have t not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.
7“Furthermore, I u withheld the rain from you
While there were still three months until harvest.
Then I would send rain on one city
And on v another city I would not send rain;
One part would be rained on,
While the part not rained on would dry up.
8“So two or three cities would stagger to another city to drink w water,
But would x not be satisfied;
Yet you have y not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.
9“I z smote you with scorching wind and mildew;
And the aa caterpillar was devouring
Your many gardens and vineyards, fig trees and olive trees;
Yet you have ab not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.
10“I sent a ac plague among you after the manner of Egypt;
I ad slew your young men by the sword along with your ae captured horses,
And I made the af stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils;
Yet you have ag not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.
11“I overthrew you, as ah God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
And you were like a ai firebrand snatched from a blaze;
Yet you have aj not returned to Me,” declares the Lord.
12“Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
Because I will do this to you,
Prepare to ak meet your God, O Israel.”
13For behold, He who al forms mountains and am creates the wind
And an declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who ao makes dawn into darkness
And ap treads on the high places of the earth,
aq The Lord God of hosts is His name.
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