16 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts, the Lord,
“There is wailing in all the plazas, And in all the streets they say, ‘Alas! Alas!’ They also call the farmer to mourning And [a]professional mourners to lamentation. 17 “And in all the vineyards there is wailing, Because I will pass through the midst of you,” says the Lord.
18 Alas, you who are longing for the day of the Lord, For what purpose will the day of the Lordbe to you? It will bedarkness and not light; 19 As when a man flees from a lion And a bear meets him, [b]Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall And a snake bites him. 20 Will not the day of the Lordbedarkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it?
21 “I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I [c]delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 “Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. 23 “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. 24 “But let justice roll down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
25 “[d]Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel?26 You also carried along [e]Sikkuth your king and [f]Kiyyun, your images, [g]the star of your gods which you made for yourselves.27 Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus,” says the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.
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