Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,(A)
a brood of evildoers,(B)
    children given to corruption!(C)
They have forsaken(D) the Lord;
    they have spurned the Holy One(E) of Israel
    and turned their backs(F) on him.

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23 Your rulers are rebels,(A)
    partners with thieves;(B)
they all love bribes(C)
    and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
    the widow’s case does not come before them.(D)

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The earth is defiled(A) by its people;
    they have disobeyed(B) the laws,
violated the statutes
    and broken the everlasting covenant.(C)

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20 The earth reels like a drunkard,(A)
    it sways like a hut(B) in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion(C)
    that it falls(D)—never to rise again.(E)

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Woe to the Obstinate Nation

30 “Woe(A) to the obstinate children,”(B)
    declares the Lord,
“to those who carry out plans that are not mine,
    forming an alliance,(C) but not by my Spirit,
    heaping sin upon sin;

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For these are rebellious(A) people, deceitful(B) children,
    children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.(C)

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“Remember(A) this, keep it in mind,
    take it to heart, you rebels.(B)

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You have neither heard nor understood;(A)
    from of old your ears(B) have not been open.
Well do I know how treacherous(C) you are;
    you were called a rebel(D) from birth.

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Who are you mocking?
    At whom do you sneer
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels,(A)
    the offspring of liars?

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All day long I have held out my hands
    to an obstinate people,(A)
who walk in ways not good,
    pursuing their own imaginations(B)

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24 “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies(A) of those who rebelled(B) against me; the worms(C) that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched,(D) and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”

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Tell this rebellious people(A) a parable(B) and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Put on the cooking pot;(C) put it on
    and pour water into it.

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12 Then Zerubbabel(A) son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant(B) of the people obeyed(C) the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared(D) the Lord.

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Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices

“A son honors his father,(A) and a slave his master.(B) If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect(C) due me?” says the Lord Almighty.(D)

“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.

“But you ask,(E) ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’

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“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers,(A) adulterers(B) and perjurers,(C) against those who defraud laborers of their wages,(D) who oppress the widows(E) and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners(F) among you of justice, but do not fear(G) me,” says the Lord Almighty.

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