1Heare ye this worde, which I lift vp vpon you, euen a lamentation of the house of Israel.
2The virgine Israel is fallen, and shall no more rise: shee is left vpon her lande, and there is none to raise her vp.
3For thus saith ye Lord God, The citie which went out by a thousand, shall leaue an hundreth: and that which went forth by an hundreth, shall leaue ten to the house of Israel.
4For thus saith the Lord vnto the house of Israel, Seeke ye me, and ye shall liue.
5But seeke not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and go not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall goe into captiuitie, and Beth-el shall come to nought.
6Seeke the Lord, and yee shall liue, least he breake out like fire in the house of Ioseph and deuoure it, and there be none to quench it in Beth-el.
7They turne iudgement to wormewood, and leaue off righteousnes in the earth.
8He maketh Pleiades, and Orion, and he turneth the shadowe of death into the morning, and he maketh the day darke as night: he calleth the waters of the sea, and powreth them out vpon the open earth: the Lord is his Name.
9He strengtheneth the destroyer against the mightie: and the destroyer shall come against the fortresse.
10They haue hated him, that rebuked in the gate: and they abhorred him that speaketh vprightly.
11Forasmuch then as your treading is vpon the poore, and yee take from him burdens of wheate, ye haue built houses of hewen stone, but ye shall not dwel in them: ye haue plated pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drinke wine of them.
12For I know your manifold transgressions, and your mightie sinnes: they afflict the iust, they take rewards, and they oppresse the poore in ye gate.
13Therefore the prudent shall keepe silence in that time, for it is an euill time.
14Seeke good and not euil, that ye may liue: and the Lord God of hostes shalbe with you, as you haue spoken.
15Hate the euil, and loue the good, and establish iudgement in the gate: it may bee that the Lord God of hostes will be mercifull vnto the remnant of Ioseph.
16Therfore the Lord God of hosts, the Lord saith thus, Mourning shalbe in all streetes: and they shall say in al the hie wayes, Alas, alas: and they shall call the husbandman to lamentation, and such as can mourne, to mourning.
17And in al the vines shalbe lamentation: for I wil passe through thee, saith the Lord.
18Woe vnto you, that desire the day of the Lord: what haue you to do with it? the day of the Lord is darkenes and not light.
19As if a man did flee from a lyon, and a beare met him: or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
20Shal not the day of the Lord be darkenes, and not light? euen darkenes and no light in it?
21I hate and abhorre your feast dayes, and I wil not smelll in your solemne assemblies.
22Though ye offer me burnt offrings and meat offrings, I wil not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offrings of your fat beasts.
23Take thou away from me the multitude of thy songs (for I wil not heare the melodie of thy violes)
24And let iudgement runne downe as waters, and righteousnesse as a mightie riuer.
25Haue ye offered vnto me sacrifices and offrings in the wildernesse fourtie yeeres, O house of Israel?
26But you haue borne Siccuth your King, and Chiun your images, and the starre of your gods, which ye made to your selues.
27Therefore wil I cause you to goe into captiuitie beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose Name is the God of hostes.