They make promises, but they are only telling lies. They don’t keep their promises. They make agreements with other countries. God does not like those agreements. The judges are like poisonous weeds growing in a plowed field.
With words that mean nothing they make ·false [empty] ·promises [oaths] and ·agreements [covenants; treaties] which they don’t keep. So ·people sue each other in court [L lawsuits/judgments spring up]; they are like poisonous weeds growing in [L the rows/furrows of] a plowed field.
They go around saying, “Who needs a king? We couldn’t care less about God, so why bother with a king? What difference would he make?” They talk big, lie through their teeth, make deals. But their high-sounding words turn out to be empty words, litter in the gutters.
Speak ye words of unprofitable vision, and ye shall smite bond of peace with leasing; and doom as bitterness shall burgeon on the furrows of the field. (Speak ye words of unprofitable vision, and ye shall strike a covenant with lies; and a bitter justice shall burgeon on the furrows of the field.)
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