Rulers Denounced1 And I said, a “Hear now, heads of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel.
Is it not for you to b know justice?
2 “You who hate good and love evil,
Who c tear off their skin from them
And their flesh from their bones,
3 Who d eat the flesh of my people,
Strip off their skin from them,
Break their bones
And e chop them up as for the pot
And as meat in a kettle.”
4 Then they will f cry out to the Lord,
But He will not answer them.
Instead, He will g hide His face from them at that time
Because they have h practiced evil deeds.
5 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who i lead my people astray; When they have something to bite with their teeth,
They j cry, “Peace,”
But against him who puts nothing in their mouths
They declare holy war.
6 Therefore it will be k night for you— without vision,
And darkness for you— without divination.
The l sun will go down on the prophets,
And the day will become dark over them.
7 The seers will be m ashamed
And the n diviners will be embarrassed.
Indeed, they will all o cover their ▼
▼ Lit mustachemouths
Because there is q no answer from God.
8 On the other hand r I am filled with power—
With the Spirit of the Lord—
And with justice and courage
To s make known to Jacob his rebellious act,
Even to Israel his sin.
9 Now hear this t heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who u abhor justice
And twist everything that is straight,
10 Who v build Zion with bloodshed
And Jerusalem with violent injustice.
11 Her leaders pronounce w judgment for a bribe,
Her x priests instruct for a price
And her prophets divine for money.
Yet they lean on the Lord saying,
y “Is not the Lord in our midst?
Calamity will not come upon us.”
12 Therefore, on account of you
z Zion will be plowed as a field,
aa Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
And the ab mountain of the ▼
▼ Lit housetemple will become high places of a forest.
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