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Woe to the Wicked

Woe to those who conceive wickedness,
    to those who devise evil on their beds!
At morning’s light they execute it,
    because it is in the power of their hand.
They covet fields and seize them,
    and houses and take them.
They defraud a man of his house,
    and a fellow man of his inheritance.

Therefore, thus says the Lord:

I am devising disaster against this family,
    from which you cannot remove your necks;
and you will not walk haughtily,
    for it will be a time of calamity.
In that day they will take up a taunt against you,
    and they will wail a wailing lament, and say:
“We are totally ruined!
    He diminishes the portion of my people;
how He removes it from me!
    To a traitor He reassigns our fields!”

Therefore you will not have anyone to apportion the land by lot
    in the assembly of the Lord.

Prophets of Deceit

“Do not prophesy,” they say.
    “One should not prophesy about these things.
    Disgrace will not overtake us.”
Should it be said, O house of Jacob,
    “Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient?
    Are these His deeds?”

Do not My words benefit
    him who walks uprightly?
But lately My people rise up
    like an enemy.
You strip off the rich robe
    from those who pass by trustingly,
    like men returning from war.
The women of My people you drive out
    from their delightful homes;
from their children
    you take My adornment forever.
10 Get up and go,
    for this is not the resting place,
because uncleanness ruins,
    and ruin sickens.
11 If a man, going about vapidly and deceitfully, lies,
    “I will preach for you wine and beer,”
    he would be just the preacher for this people.

The Restoration of Israel

12 I will indeed assemble Jacob—all of you;
    I will indeed gather the remnant of Israel.
I will place them together like sheep in a fold,
    like a herd in its pasture—
    thronging with people.
13 He who breaks through has gone up before them;
    they will break through and pass the gate and go out by it.
Then their king will pass on before them,
    the Lord at their head.