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1 - Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.
2 - "The virgin of Israel has fallen;She shall rise no more.She is cast down on her land;there is no one to raise her up."
3 - For thus says the Lord God:"The city that went out a thousand shall have a hundred left,and that which went out one hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel."
4 - For the LORD says to the house of Israel:"Seek me, and you will live;
5 - but don't seek Bethel,nor enter into Gilgal,and don't pass to Beersheba:for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,and Bethel shall come to nothing.
6 - Seek The LORD, and you will live;lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,and it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel.
7 - You who turn justice to wormwood,and cast down righteousness to the earth:
8 - seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion,and turns the shadow of death into the morning,and makes the day dark with night;who calls for the waters of the sea,and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is his name,
9 - who brings sudden destruction on the strong,so that destruction comes on the fortress.
10 - They hate him who reproves in the gate,and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly.
11 - Therefore, because you trample on the poor,and take taxes from him of wheat:You have built houses of cut stone,but you will not dwell in them.You have planted pleasant vineyards,but you shall not drink their wine.
12 - For I know how many your offenses,and how great are your sins-you who afflict the just,who take a bribe,and who turn aside the needy in the courts.
13 - Therefore a prudent person keeps silent in such a time,for it is an evil time.
14 - Seek good, and not evil,that you may live;and so The LORD, the God of Armies, will be with you,as you say.
15 - Hate evil, love good,and establish justice in the courts.It may be that The LORD, the God of Armies, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph."
16 - Therefore The LORD, the God of Armies, the Lord, says:"Wailing will be in all the wide ways;and they will say in all the streets, 'Alas! Alas!'and they will call the farmer to mourning,and those who are skillful in lamentation to wailing.
17 - In all vineyards there will be wailing;for I will pass through the middle of you," says The LORD.
18 - "Woe to you who desire the day of The LORD!Why do you long for the day of The LORD?It is darkness,and not light.
19 - As if a man fled from a lion,and a bear met him;Or he went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall,and a snake bit him.
20 - Won't the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light?Even very dark, and no brightness in it?
21 - I hate, I despise your feasts,and I can't stand your solemn assemblies.
22 - Yes, though you offer me your burnt offerings and meal offerings,I will not accept them;neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals.
23 - Take away from me the noise of your songs!I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 - But let justice roll on like rivers,and righteousness like a mighty stream.
25 - "Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel?
26 - You also carried the tent of your king and the shrine of your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves.
27 - Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus," says The LORD, whose name is the God of Armies.