“Get up; plead ·your [or my] case in front of the mountains; let the hills hear your ·story [L voice]. 2 Mountains, listen to the Lord’s ·legal case [accusation; indictment]. ·Strong [Enduring] foundations of the earth, listen. The Lord has a ·legal case [accusation; indictment] against his people, and he will ·accuse [contend with] Israel.”
3 He says, “My people, what did I do to you? How ·did I make you tired of me [have I wearied you]? ·Tell [Answer] me. 4 I brought you from the land of Egypt [Ex. 12:51] and ·freed [redeemed] you from slavery; I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam [Ex. 15:20] to you. 5 My people, remember the evil plans of Balak king of Moab [Num. 22:5] and what Balaam son of Beor told Balak [Num. 22–24]. Remember what happened from Acacia to Gilgal [Josh. 3:1; 4:19–24] so that you will know the ·Lord does what is right [righteousness/justice of the Lord]!”
6 You say, “What can I bring with me when I come before the Lord, when I bow before ·God on high [the exalted God]? Should I come before him with burnt offerings [Lev. 1:1–17], with year-old calves? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with a thousand ·male sheep [rams]? Will he be pleased with ten thousand rivers of oil? Should I give my ·first child [firstborn] for ·the evil I have done [my transgression]? Should I give ·my very own child [L the fruit of my body] for ·my sin [L the sin of my soul]?” 8 The Lord has told you, ·human [T O man], what is good; he has told you what ·he wants [the Lord requires] from you: to do what is ·right to other people [just], love ·being kind to others [mercy; lovingkindness], and ·live humbly, obeying [walk humbly with] your God.
9 The voice of the Lord ·calls [cries out] to the city, and ·the wise person [L wisdom] ·honors him [L sees/acknowledges his name]. So ·pay attention [listen] to the ·rod of punishment [L rod]; pay attention to the One who ·threatens to punish [appointed it]. 10 Are there still in the wicked house wicked treasures and the cursed false measure? 11 Can I forgive people who cheat others with ·wrong [wicked] weights and [L deceptive] scales [Prov. 11:1]? 12 The rich people of the city ·do cruel things [L are full of violence]. Its people tell lies; ·they do not tell the truth [L their tongues in their mouths are deceitful]. 13 As for me, I will make you sick. I will ·attack [strike] you, ruining you because of your sins. 14 You will eat, but you won’t ·become full [be satisfied]; you will still be hungry and empty. You will store up, but save nothing, and what you store up, ·the sword will destroy [L I will give to the sword]. 15 You will plant, but you won’t harvest. You will ·step on your [press; tread] olives, but you won’t ·get any oil from them [anoint yourself with oil]. You will ·crush [tread] the grapes, but you will not drink the new wine. 16 This is because you ·obey [keep; observe] the ·laws [statutes] of King Omri [C a wicked king of Israel; 1 Kin. 16:25, 26] and do all the things that Ahab’s family does [C another wicked king of Israel; 1 Kin. 16:30–33; 21:25, 26]; you follow their ·advice [or traditions; policies]. So I will ·let you be destroyed [make you a desolation]. The people in your city will be ·laughed at [taunted; L a hissing], and other nations will ·make fun of [mock] you.
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