At night you lie in bed, making evil plans. And when morning comes, you do what you’ve planned because you have the power. 2 You grab any field or house that you want; you cheat families out of homes and land.
3 But here is what the Lord says: “I am planning trouble for you. Your necks will be caught in a noose, and you will be disgraced in this time of disaster.”
4 When that happens, this sorrowful song will be sung about you: “Ruined! Completely ruined! The Lord has taken our land and given it to traitors.”[a] 5 And so you will never again own property among the Lord’s people.
6 “Enough of your preaching!” That’s what you tell me. “We won’t be disgraced, so stop preaching!”
7 Descendants of Jacob, is it right for you to claim that the Lord did what he did because he was angry? Doesn’t he always bless those who do right? 8 My people, you have even stolen clothes right off the backs of your unsuspecting soldiers returning home from battle. 9 You take over lovely homes that belong to the women of my nation. Then you cheat their children out of the inheritance that comes from the Lord.[b]
10 Get out of here, you crooks! You’ll find no rest here. You’re not fit to belong to the Lord’s people, and you will be destroyed.[c] 11 The only prophet you want is a liar who will say, “Drink and get drunk!”
A Promise of Hope
12 I, the Lord, promise to bring together the people of Israel who have survived. I will gather them, just as a shepherd brings sheep together, and there will be many. 13 I will break down the gate and lead them out— then I will be their king.
2.4The Lord. . . traitors: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
2.9inheritance. . . Lord: The Hebrew text has “my glory,” which refers to the inheritance of land that the Lord had promised his people.
2.10destroyed: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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