THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Judgments shall be poured out upon the Jews because of their sins—Their iniquities cause blessings to be withheld from them.
ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any
judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
And though they say, The Lord
liveth; surely they aswear
not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but
they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to areturn
Therefore I said, Surely these are
poor; they are foolish: for they aknow
not the way of the Lord
the judgment of their God.
I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord
the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the ayoke
burst the bonds.
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and
of the bevenings
shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their ctransgressions
are many, and
their backslidings are increased.
¶ How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are
no gods: when I had fed them to the afull
, they then committed badultery
, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
They were as afed
horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.
Shall I not avisit
for these things?
saith the Lord
: and shall not my soul be bavenged
on such a nation as this?
¶ Go ye up upon her walls, and adestroy
; but make not a full bend
: take away her battlements; for they are
not the Lord
For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord.
They have belied the Lord
, and said, It is
not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see asword
And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
Wherefore thus saith the Lord
God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy amouth
fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord
: it is
a mighty nation, it is
an ancient nation, a nation whose alanguage
thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.
Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men.
And they shall aeat
up thine harvest, and thy bread, which
thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.
Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you.
¶ And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the Lord
our God all these things
unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have aforsaken
me, and served strange bgods
in your land, so shall ye cserve dstrangers
in a land that is
Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
Hear now this, O afoolish
people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and bsee
not; which have ears, and chear
Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
But this people hath a revolting and a arebellious
heart; they are revolted and gone.
Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord
our God, that giveth rain, both athe
former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
¶ Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
For among my people are found awicked men:
they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they bcatch
As a cage is full of birds, so are
their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become agreat
, and waxen rich.
They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they ajudge
not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
¶ A wonderful and ahorrible
thing is committed in the land;
, and the cpriests
bear rule by their means; and my people dlove to have it
so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?