1 Hear this word which I a take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:
The virgin of Israel has fallen;
She will rise no more.
She lies forsaken on her land;
There is no one to raise her up.
For thus says the Lord GOD:
"The city that goes out by a thousand
Shall have a hundred left,
And that which goes out by a hundred
Shall have ten left to the house of Israel."
For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:
b "Seek Me c and live; 5 But do not seek d Bethel,
Nor enter Gilgal,
Nor pass over to e Beersheba;
For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
And f Bethel shall come to nothing.
g Seek the LORD and live,
Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
And devour it,
With no one to quench it in Bethel - 7 You who h turn justice to wormwood,
And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!"
He made the i Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
j And makes the day dark as night;
He k calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
l The LORD is His name. 9 He 1 rains ruin upon the strong,
So that fury comes upon the fortress.
m They hate the one who rebukes in the gate,
And they n abhor the one who speaks uprightly. 11 o Therefore, because you 2 tread down the poor
And take grain 3 taxes from him,
Though p you have built houses of hewn stone,
Yet you shall not dwell in them;
You have planted 4 pleasant vineyards,
But you shall not drink wine from them. 12 For I q know your manifold transgressions
And your mighty sins:
r Afflicting the just and taking bribes;
s Diverting the poor from justice at the gate. 13 Therefore t the prudent keep silent at that time,
For it is an evil time.
Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the LORD God of hosts will be with you,
u As you have spoken. 15 v Hate evil, love good;
Establish justice in the gate.
w It may be that the LORD God of hosts
Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, says this:
"There shall be wailing in all streets,
And they shall say in all the highways,
They shall call the farmer to mourning,
x And skillful lamenters to wailing. 17 In all vineyards there shall be wailing,
For y I will pass through you,"
Says the LORD.
z Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!
For what good is a the day of the LORD to you?
It will be darkness, and not light. 19 It will be b as though a man fled from a lion,
And a bear met him!
Or as though he went into the house,
Leaned his hand on the wall,
And a serpent bit him! 20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light?
Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
"I c hate, I despise your feast days,
And d I do not savor your sacred assemblies. 22 e Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. 24 f But let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.
"Did g you offer Me sacrifices and offerings
In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 You also carried 5 Sikkuth 6 6 h your king
And Chiun, 6 your idols,
The star of your gods,
Which you made for yourselves. 27 Therefore I will send you into captivity i beyond Damascus,"
Says the LORD, j whose name is the God of hosts.