The salvation of Jehovah to His beloved people and the nations
Jehovah the Father's complaint against His children Israel, His chastisement of them, and His loving exhortation and promise to them
the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of bUzziah
, and eHezekiah
, the kings of Judah:
, O heavens, and hearken, O earth,
For Jehovah has spoken:
I have brought up 1bchildren
, and I have raised them;
And yet they have rebelled against Me.
The ox knows his owner,
And the donkey, his master’s manger;
But Israel does anot
My people do not much consider.
Alas, sinful nation,
A people heavy with iniquity, aSeed
Children acting corruptly!
They have forsaken Jehovah;
They have despised the Holy One of Israel;
They have become estranged and have gone backward.
will you be stricken again?
Will you continue your 2apostasy?
The whole head has become sick,
And the whole heart faint;
From the sole of the foot even to the head,
There is no soundness in it,
Only bruises and blows
And raw wounds —
They have not been pressed out nor abound
Nor softened with oil.
Your land is a desolation;
Your cities are burned with fire;
Your field — in your sight
Strangers devour it;
It is a desolation, like something overthrown by strangers.
And the adaughter
of Zion is left
Like a booth in a vineyard,
Like a hut in a cucumber field,
Like a besieged city.
Had left to us a surviving few,
We would have been like bSodom
We would have resembled Gomorrah.
Hear the word of Jehovah,
You rulers of Sodom;
Hearken to the instruction of our God,
You people of Gomorrah.
What is the multitude of you’re asacrifices
I have had My fill of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle;
The blood of bulls and lambs
And goats, I do not delight in.
When you come to aappear
Who has required this of your hand,
To trample My courts?
Bring no more vain offerings;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
New moon and Sabbath, the calling of convocations —
I cannot bear iniquity and the solemn assembly.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts
My soul ahates
They have become a burden on Me;
I am weary of bearing them.
Thus, when you spread forth you’re ahands
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you multiply your prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of bblood
yourselves; cleanse yourselves.
Turn away the evil of your deeds
From before My eyes.
Cease doing what is bevil
Learn to do good.
Correct the ruthless.
Defend the aorphan
Plead for the widow.
Come now and let us reason together,
Though your sins are like scarlet,
They will be as awhite
Though they are as red as crimson,
They will be like 1wool
If you are willing and listen,
You will eat the good of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword;
For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.
How the faithful city
Has become a aharlot
She who was full of justice,
She in whom righteousness once lodged,
But now murderers!
Your silver has become dross;
Your wine diluted with water;
Your rulers are rebellious
And companions of thieves;
They all love bribes
And chase after rewards;
They do not defend the orphan,
Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.
Hence, the Lord Jehovah of hosts,
The Mighty One of Israel, declares:
Ah, I will ease Myself of My 1adversaries
And I will avenge Myself of My 1enemies
And I will turn My hand against you.
I will thoroughly apurge
away your dross as with lye,
And I will remove all your alloy.
And I will restore your judges as at the first
And your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called the city of righteousness,
The faithful city.
Zion will be ransomed with justice,
And her returning ones with righteousness.
And there will be the shattering of rebels and sinners together,
And those who forsake Jehovah will meet their end.
will be ashamed of the 2terebinths
That you have taken pleasure in;
And you will be embarrassed at the gardens
That you have chosen.
For you will be like a terebinth
Whose leaves are falling,
And like a garden
In which there is no water;
And the strong man will become 1tow
And his work a spark;
And they will both burn together,
And there will be none to extinguish them.