1Woe to them that set at nought Zion, and that trust in the mountain of Samaria: they have gathered the harvest of the heads of the nations, and they have gone in themselves.
2O house of Israel, pass by all of you, and see; and pass by thence to Hamath Rabba; and thence descend to Gath of the Philistines, the chief of all these kingdoms, see if their coasts are greater than your coasts.
3Ye who are approaching the evil day, who are drawing near and adopting false Sabbaths;
4who sleep upon beds of ivory, and live delicately on their couches, and eat kids out of the flocks, and sucking calves out of the midst of the stalls;
5who excel in the sound of musical instruments; they have regarded them as abiding, not as fleeting pleasures;
6who drink strained wine, and anoint themselves with the best ointment: and have suffered nothing on occasion of the calamity of Joseph.
7Therefore now shall they depart into captivity from the dominion of princes, and the neighing of horses shall be cut off from Ephraim.
8For the Lord has sworn by himself, saying, Because I abhor all the pride of Jacob, I do also hate his countries, and I will cut off his city with all who inhabit it.
9And it shall come to pass, if there be ten men left in one house, that they shall die.
10But a remnant shall be left behind, and their relations shall take them, and shall strenuously endeavor to carry forth their bones from the house: and one shall say to the heads of the house, Is there yet anyone else with thee? And he shall say, No one else. And the other shall say, Be silent, that thou name not the name of the Lord.
11For, behold, the Lord commands, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with rents.
12Will horses run upon rocks? will they refrain from neighing at mares? for ye have turned judgment into poison, and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness:
13ye who rejoice at vanity, who say, Have we not possessed horns by our own strength?
14For behold, O house of Israel, I will raise up against you a nation, saith the Lord of hosts; and they shall afflict you so that ye shall not enter into Hamath, and as it were from the river of the wilderness.