4:2The Lord God hath sworn by his holiness, that lo, the days shall come upon you, when they shall lift you up on pikes, and what shall remain of you in boiling pots.
4:3And you shall go out at the breaches one over against the other, and you shall be cast forth into Armon, saith the Lord.
4:4Come ye to Bethel, and do wickedly: to Galgal, and multiply transgressions: and bring in the morning your victims, your tithes in three days.
4:5And offer a sacrifice of praise with leaven: and call free offerings, and proclaim it: for so you would do, O children of Israel, saith the Lord God.
4:6Whereupon I also have given you dulness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet you have not returned to me, saith the Lord.
4:7I also have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon: and the piece whereupon I rained not, withered.
4:8And two and three cities went to one city to drink water, and were not filled: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.
4:9I struck you with a burning wind, and with mildew, the palmerworm hath eaten up your many gardens, and your vineyards: your olive groves, and fig groves: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.
4:10I sent death upon you in the way of Egypt, I slew your young men with the sword, even to the captivity of your horses: and I made the stench of your camp to come up into your nostrils: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.
4:11I destroyed some of you, as God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha, and you were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.
4:12Therefore I will do these things to thee, O Israel: and after I shall have done these things to thee, be prepared to meet thy God, O Israel.
4:13For behold he that formeth the mountains and createth the wind, and declareth his word to man, he that maketh the morning mist, and walketh upon the high places of the earth: the Lord the God of hosts is his name.
5:1¤ Hear ye this word, which I take up concerning you for a lamentation. The house of Israel is fallen, and it shall rise no more.
5:2The virgin of Israel is cast down upon her land, there is none to raise her up.
5:3For thus saith the Lord God: The city, out of which came forth a thousand, there shall be left in it a hundred: and out of which there came a hundred, there shall be left in it ten, in the house of Israel.
5:4For thus saith the Lord to the house of Israel: Seek ye me, and you shall live.
5:5But seek not Bethel, and go not into Galgal, neither shall you pass over to Bersabee: for Galgal shall go into captivity, and Bethel shall be unprofitable.
5:6Seek ye the Lord, and live: lest the house of Joseph be burnt with fire, and it shall devour, and there shall be none to quench Bethel.
5:7You that turn judgment into wormwood, and forsake justice in the land,
5:8Seek him that maketh Arcturus, and Orion, and that turneth darkness into morning, and that changeth day into night: that calleth the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name.
5:9He that with a smile bringeth destruction upon the strong, and waste upon the mighty.
5:10They have hated him that rebuketh in the gate: and have abhorred him that speaketh perfectly.
5:11Therefore because you robbed the poor, and took the choice prey from him: you shall build houses with square stone, and shall not dwell in them: you shall plant most delightful vineyards, and shall not drink the wine of them.
5:12Because I know your manifold crimes, and your grievous sins: enemies of the just, taking bribes, and oppressing the poor in the gate.
5:13Therefore the prudent shall keep silence at that time, for it is an evil time.
5:14Seek ye good, and not evil, that you may live: and the Lord the God of hosts will be with you, as you have said.
5:15Hate evil, and love good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be the Lord the God of hosts may have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
5:16Therefore thus saith the Lord the God of hosts the sovereign Lord: In every street there shall be wailing: and in all places that are without, they shall say: Alas, alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful in lamentation to lament.
5:17And in all vineyards there shall be wailing: because I will pass through in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.
5:18Woe to them that desire the day of the Lord: to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.
5:19As if a man should flee from the face of a lion, and a bear should meet him: or enter into the house, and lean with his hand upon the wall, and a serpent should bite him.
5:20Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light: and obscurity, and no brightness in it?
5:21I hate, and have rejected your festivities: and I will not receive the odour of your assemblies.
5:22And if you offer me holocausts, and your gifts, I will not receive them: neither will I regard the vows of your fat beasts.
5:23Take away from me the tumult of thy songs: and I will not hear the canticles of thy harp.
5:24But judgment shall be revealed as water, and justice as a mighty torrent.
5:25Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me in the desert for forty years, O house of Israel?
5:26But you carried a tabernacle for your Moloch, and the image of your idols, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves.
5:27And I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, the God of hosts is his name.
6:1¤ Woe to you that are wealthy in Sion, and to you that have confidence in the mountain of Samaria: ye great men, heads of the people, that go in with state into the house of Israel.
6:2Pass ye over to Chalane, and see, and go from thence into Emath the great: and go down into Geth of the Philistines, and to all the best kingdoms of these: if their border be larger than your border.
6:3You that are separated unto the evil day: and that approach to the throne of iniquity;
6:4You that sleep upon beds of ivory, and are wanton on your couches: that eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the herd;
6:5You that sing to the sound of the psaltery: they have thought themselves to have instruments of music like David;
6:6That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the best ointments: and they are not concerned for the affliction of Joseph.
6:7Wherefore now they shall go captive at the head of them that go into captivity: and the faction of the luxurious ones shall be taken away.
6:8The Lord God hath sworn by his own soul, saith the Lord the God of hosts: I detest the pride of Jacob, and I hate his houses, and I will deliver up the city with the inhabitants thereof.
6:9And if there remain ten men in one house, they also shall die.
6:10And a man's kinsman shall take him up, and shall burn him, that he may carry the bones out of the house; and he shall say to him that is in the inner rooms of the house: Is there yet any with thee? And he shall answer: There is an end. And he shall say to him: Hold thy peace, and mention not the name of the Lord.
6:11For behold the Lord hath commanded, and he will strike the greater house with breaches, and the lesser house with clefts.
6:12Can horses run upon the rocks, or can any one plough with buffles? for you have turned judgment into bitterness, and the fruit of justice into wormwood.
6:13You that rejoice in a thing of nought: you that say: Have we not taken unto us horns by our own strength?
6:14But behold, I will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel, saith the Lord the God of hosts; and they shall destroy you from the entrance of Emath, even to the torrent of the desert.