Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of
The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her
land; there is none to raise her up.
For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an
hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall
But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal
shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of
Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.
Ye who turn judgement to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death
into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of
the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come
against the fortress.
They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens
of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have
planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the
just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall
be with you, as ye have spoken.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgement in the gate: it may be
that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all
streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the
husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the
Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of
the LORD is darkness, and not light.
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and
leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no
brightness in it?
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them:
neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of
But let judgement run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O
house of Israel?
But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of
your god, which ye made to yourselves.
Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD,
whose name is The God of hosts.