5 1Hear ye this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of
2The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is
cast down upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
3For thus saith
the Lord Jehovah: The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred
left, and that which went forth a hundred shall have ten left, to the house
4For thus saith Jehovah unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me,
and ye shall live;
5but seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass
not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el
shall come to nought.
6Seek Jehovah, and ye shall live; lest he break out
like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be none to quench
it in Beth-el.
7Ye who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down
righteousness to the earth,
8seek him that maketh the Pleiades
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 (Jehovah is his name);
sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the
10They hate him that reproveth in the gate, and they abhor him
that speaketh uprightly.
11Forasmuch therefore as ye trample upon the
poor, and take exactions from him 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 the wine thereof.
12For I know how manifold are
your transgressions, and how mighty are your sins-ye that afflict the just,
that take a bribe, and that turn aside the needy in the gate from their
13Therefore he that is prudent shall keep silence in such a
time; for it is an evil time.
14Seek good, and not evil, that ye may
live; and so Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.
15Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish justice in the gate: it
may be that Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be gracious unto the remnant of
16Therefore thus saith Jehovah, the God of hosts, the Lord:
Wailing shall be in all the broad ways; and they shall say in all the
streets, Alas! Alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such
as are skilful in lamentation to wailing.
17And in all vineyards shall be
wailing; for I will pass through the midst of thee, saith Jehovah.
unto you that desire the day of Jehovah! Wherefore would ye have the day of
Jehovah? It is darkness, and not light.
19As 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.
20Shall not the day of Jehovah be darkness,
and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
21I hate, I
despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22Yea, though ye offer me your burnt-offerings and meal-offerings, I will
not accept them; neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat
23Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not
hear the melody of thy viols.
24But let justice roll down as waters, and
righteousness as a mighty stream.
25Did ye bring unto me sacrifices and
offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
have borne the tabernacle of your king and the shrine of your images, the
star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
27Therefore will I cause
you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith Jehovah, whose name is the
God of hosts.