Judgment on Israel

Thus says the Lord:

(A)“For three transgressions of Israel,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
because (B)they sell the righteous for (C)silver,
    and the needy for a pair of sandals—
those who trample the head of the poor (D)into the dust of the earth
    and (E)turn aside the way of the afflicted;
(F)a man and his father go in to the same girl,
    so that my holy name is profaned;
they lay themselves down beside every altar
    on garments (G)taken in pledge,
and in the house of their God they drink
    the wine of those who have been fined.

“Yet (H)it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
    (I)whose height was like the height of the cedars
    and who was as strong as the oaks;
(J)I destroyed his fruit above
    and his roots beneath.
10 (K)Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt
    (L)and led you forty years in the wilderness,
    (M)to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
    and some of your young men for (N)Nazirites.
    Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.

12 “But you made the Nazirites (O)drink wine,
    and commanded the prophets,
    saying, (P)‘You shall not prophesy.’

13 “Behold, I will press you down in your place,
    as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
14 (Q)Flight shall perish from the swift,
    (R)and the strong shall not retain his strength,
    (S)nor shall the mighty save his life;
15 he who handles the bow shall not stand,
    and he who is (T)swift of foot shall not save himself,
    (U)nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
16 and he who is stout of heart among the mighty
    shall flee away naked in that day,”
declares the Lord.

Israel's Guilt and Punishment

(V)Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:

(W)“You only have I known
    of all the families of the earth;
(X)therefore I will punish you
    for all your iniquities.

“Do two walk together,
    unless they have agreed to meet?
Does a lion roar in the forest,
    when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
    if he has taken nothing?
Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
    when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
    when it has taken nothing?
(Y)Is a trumpet blown in a city,
    and the people are not afraid?
(Z)Does disaster come to a city,
    unless the Lord has done it?

“For the Lord God does nothing
    (AA)without revealing his secret
    to his servants the prophets.
The lion has roared;
    who will not fear?
(AB)The Lord God has spoken;
    who can but prophesy?”

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