2 “Woe to those who are crafting iniquity, planning evil well into the night![a] When morning’s light comes, they carry out their plans[b] because they have the power to do so. 2 They covet fields and seize them; they covet[c] houses, and grab them, too. They harass the valiant man, along with his household, an individual and his estate.
3 “Therefore this is what the Lord says, ‘I’m crafting evil against this family, from which you can’t escape.[d] You won’t strut around arrogantly, because the times are evil.’ 4 “When this happens,[e] someone will compose a proverb about you, lamenting sorrowfully, ‘We are completely ruined! He has given my people’s heritage to others.[f] How he has removed it from me, dividing up our fields!’ 5 “This is why there will not be left even a single person to settle boundary disputes[g] in the Lord’s community. 6 To those who speak out, they will declare, ‘Don’t prophesy to anyone!’ so their shame won’t go away.
7 “It is said, house of Jacob, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is limited, if he acts this way, is he not?’ “But my words benefit those who live righteously, do they not? 8 Lately my people have acted like an enemy— you strip travelers who thought they were[h] as secure as those who return from war. 9 You have evicted the wives of my people from their dream homes; you have removed my majesty from their children permanently.
10 “Get up and go, because there’s no rest for you here! Since everything[i] is polluted, it can only cause destruction, even heavy destruction. 11 Suppose a man who keeps company with a deceiving spirit prophesies like this: ‘Drink wine and strong drink!’ Won’t the people accept him as a prophet?”
The Coming Judgment
12 “Jacob, how I will surely gather all of you! How I will gather the survivors of Israel! I will gather them together like sheep in a pen,[j] like the flock in the midst of the sheepfold. There will be a great commotion because of all[k] the people. 13 God will stand up and break through[l] in their presence. Then they will pass through the gate, going out by it. Their king will pass in front of them with the Lord at their head.”
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