4 Listen to me, you who ·walk on helpless people [trample the needy],
you who are trying to ·destroy [do away with] the poor people of this country, saying,
5 “When will the New Moon festival be over
so we can sell grain?
When will the Sabbath be over
so we can bring out wheat to sell?
We can ·give them less [L make the ephah small; C a unit of dry measure]
and ·charge them more [L the shekel great; C a unit of money],
and we can change the scales to cheat the people.
6 We will buy poor people for silver,
and needy people for a pair of sandals [2:6].
We will even sell the ·wheat that was swept up from the floor [L chaff of the wheat].”