1
Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds!
When the morning is light they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
2
And they covet fields, and take them by violence;
and houses, and take them away;
and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
3
Therefore thus saith Jehovah: Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks;
neither shall ye walk haughtily: for it is an evil time.
4
In that day shall they take up a proverb concerning you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, [and] say, We are utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me!
He hath distributed our fields to the rebellious.
5
Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast the measuring line upon a lot, in the congregation of Jehovah.
6
Prophesy ye not, they prophesy.
If they do not prophesy to these, the ignominy will not depart.
7
O thou [that art] named the house of Jacob, Is Jehovah impatient?
are these his doings?
Do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
8
But of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye strip off the mantle with the garment from them that pass by securely, that are averse from war.
9
The women of my people do ye cast out from their pleasant houses;
from their young children do ye take away my magnificence for ever.
10
Arise ye, and depart;
for this is not the resting-place, because of defilement that bringeth destruction, even a grievous destruction.
11
If a man walking in wind and falsehood do lie, [saying,] I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink, he shall be the prophet of this people.
12
I will surely assemble, O Jacob, the whole of thee;
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together as sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture: they shall make great noise by reason of [the multitude of] men.
13
One that breaketh through is gone up before them: they have broken forth, and have passed on to the gate, and are gone out by it;
and their king passeth on before them, and Jehovah at the head of them.