- A curse on the designers of evil, working on their beds!
in the morning light they do it, because it is in their power.
- They have a desire for fields and take them by force;
and for houses and take them away: they are cruel to a man and his family, even to a man and his heritage.
- For this cause the Lord has said, See, against this family I am purposing an evil from which you will not be able to take your necks away, and you will be weighted down by it;
for it is an evil time.
- In that day this saying will be said about you, and this song of grief will be made: The heritage of my people is measured out, and there is no one to give it back;
those who have made us prisoners have taken our fields from us, and complete destruction has come to us.
- For this cause you will have no one to make the decision by the measuring line in the meeting of the Lord.
- Let not words like these be dropped, they say: Shame and the curse will not come to the family of Jacob!
- Is the Lord quickly made angry?
are these his doings?
do not his words do good to his people Israel?
- As for you, you have become haters of those who were at peace with you: you take the clothing of those who go by without fear, and make them prisoners of war.
- The women of my people you have been driving away from their dearly loved children;
from their young ones you are taking my glory for ever.
for this is not your rest: because it has been made unclean, the destruction ordered will come on you.
- If a man came with a false spirit of deceit, saying, I will be a prophet to you of wine and strong drink: he would be the sort of prophet for this people.
- I will certainly make all of you, O Jacob, come together;
I will get together the rest of Israel;
I will put them together like the sheep in their circle: like a flock in their green field;
they will be full of the noise of men.
- The opener of the way will go up before them: forcing their way out they will go on to the doorway and out through it: their king will go on before them, and the Lord at their head.