3 1And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and rulers of the
house of Israel: is it not for you to know justice?
2ye who hate the
good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their
flesh from off their bones;
3who also eat the flesh of my people, and
flay their skin from off them, and break their bones, and chop them in
pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
4Then shall they
cry unto Jehovah, but he will not answer them; yea, he will hide his face
from them at that time, according as they have wrought evil in their doings.
5Thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that make my people to err;
that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and whoso putteth not into their
mouths, they even prepare war against him:
6Therefore it shall be night
unto you, that ye shall have no vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that
ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day
shall be black over them.
7And the seers shall be put to shame, and the
diviners confounded; yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no
answer of God.
8But as for me, I am full of power by the Spirit of
Jehovah, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin.
9Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of
the house of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel, that abhor justice,
and pervert all equity.
10They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem
11The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests
thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet they
lean upon Jehovah, and say, Is not Jehovah in the midst of us? no evil shall
come upon us.
12Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high
places of a forest.