Hear ye this word which I take up
against you, even a lamentation, O
house of Israel.
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 Israel.
For thus saith the LORD unto the house
of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
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 judgment 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
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
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 right.
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 judgment 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 LORD.
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 thy viols.
But let judgment 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
Therefore will I cause you to go into
captivity beyond Damascus, saith the
LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.