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: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
3
Therefore thus saith the LORD;
Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks;
neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
4
In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me!
turning away he hath divided our fields.
5
Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
6
Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.
7
O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened?
are these his doings?
do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
8
Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.
9
The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses;
from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.
10
Arise ye, and depart;
for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.
11
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink;
he shall even be the prophet of this people.
12
I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee;
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
13
The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.