1Hear this word that I am bearing to you, A lamentation, O house of Israel:
2'Fallen, not again to rise, hath the virgin of Israel, Left on her land — she hath no raiser up.'
3For thus said the Lord Jehovah: The city that is going out a thousand, Doth leave an hundred, And that which is going out an hundred, Doth leave ten to the house of Israel.
4For thus said Jehovah to the house of Israel: Seek ye Me, and live,
5And seek not Beth-El, and Gilgal enter not, And Beer-Sheba pass not through, For Gilgal doth utterly remove, And Beth-El doth become vanity.
6Seek ye Jehovah, and live, Lest He prosper as fire against the house of Joseph, And it hath consumed, And there is no quencher for Beth-El.
7Ye who are turning to wormwood judgment, And righteousness to the earth have put down,
8The maker of Kimah and Kesil, And the turner to morning of death-shade, And day as night He hath made dark, Who is calling to the waters of the sea, And poureth them on the face of the earth, Jehovah is His name;
9Who is brightening up the spoiled against the strong, And the spoiled against a fortress cometh.
10They have hated a reprover in the gate, And a plain speaker they abominate.
11Therefore, because of your trampling on the poor, And the tribute of corn ye take from him, Houses of hewn work ye have built, And ye do not dwell in them, Desirable vineyards ye have planted, And ye do not drink their wine.
12For I have known — many are your transgressions, And mighty your sins, Adversaries of the righteous, taking ransoms, And the needy in the gate ye turned aside.
13Therefore is the wise at that time silent, For an evil time it is.
14Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live, And it is so; Jehovah, God of Hosts, is with you, as ye said.
15Hate evil, and love good, And set up judgment in the gate, It may be Jehovah, God of Hosts, doth pity the remnant of Joseph.
16Therefore, thus said Jehovah, God of Hosts, the Lord, In all broad places is lamentation, And in all out-places they say, 'Alas, alas,' And called the husbandman to mourning, And to lamentation the skilful of wailing.
17And in all vineyards is lamentation, For I pass into thy midst, said Jehovah.
18Ho, ye who are desiring the day of Jehovah, Why is this to you — the day of Jehovah? It is darkness, and not light,
19As when one fleeth from the face of the lion, And the bear hath met him, And he hath come in to the house, And hath leant his hand on the wall, And the serpent hath bitten him.
20Is not the day of Jehovah darkness and not light, Even thick darkness that hath no brightness?
21I have hated — I have loathed your festivals, And I am not refreshed by your restraints.
22For though ye cause burnt-offerings and your presents to ascend to Me, I am not pleased, And the peace-offering of your fatlings I behold not.
23Turn aside from Me the noise of thy songs, Yea, the praise of thy psaltery I hear not.
24And roll on as waters doth judgment, And righteousness as a perennial stream.
25Sacrifices and offering did ye bring nigh to Me, In a wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
26And ye bare Succoth your king, and Chiun your images, The star of your god, that ye made for yourselves.
27And I removed you beyond Damascus, Said Jehovah, God of Hosts is His name.