23 Your rulers are rebels,
friends of thieves.(A)
They all love graft
and chase after bribes.(B)
They do not defend the rights of the fatherless,
and the widow’s case never comes before them.(C)

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For the vineyard of the Lord of Armies
is the house of Israel,(A)
and the men[a] of Judah,
the plant he delighted in.
He expected justice
but saw injustice;
he expected righteousness
but heard cries of despair.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:7 Lit man

You dismiss any thought of the evil day(A)
and bring in a reign of violence.(B)

They lie on beds inlaid with ivory,(C)
sprawled out on their couches,(D)
and dine on lambs from the flock(E)
and calves from the stall.

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Oppressors Judged

Woe to those who dream up wickedness
and prepare evil plans(A) on their beds!
At morning light(B) they accomplish it
because the power is in their hands.(C)
They covet fields(D) and seize them;(E)
they also take houses.
They deprive a man of his home,(F)
a person of his inheritance.(G)

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