Seek(A) the Lord and live,(B)
    or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;(C)
it will devour them,
    and Bethel(D) will have no one to quench it.(E)

There are those who turn justice into bitterness(F)
    and cast righteousness(G) to the ground.(H)

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10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court(A)
    and detest the one who tells the truth.(B)

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor(C)
    and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,(D)
    you will not live in them;(E)
though you have planted lush vineyards,
    you will not drink their wine.(F)
12 For I know how many are your offenses
    and how great your sins.(G)

There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes(H)
    and deprive the poor(I) of justice in the courts.(J)
13 Therefore the prudent keep quiet(K) in such times,
    for the times are evil.(L)

14 Seek good, not evil,
    that you may live.(M)
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
    just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil,(N) love good;(O)
    maintain justice in the courts.(P)
Perhaps(Q) the Lord God Almighty will have mercy(R)
    on the remnant(S) of Joseph.

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