The Lord’s Case
1Now hear what the Lord says:
“Get up; plead your case in front of the mountains;
let the hills hear your story.
2Mountains, listen to the Lord’s legal case.
Foundations of the earth, listen.
The Lord has a legal case against his people,
and he will accuse Israel.”
3He says, “My people, what did I do to you?
How did I make you tired of me?
4I brought you from the land of Egypt
and freed you from slavery;
I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to you.
5My people, remember
the evil plans of Balak king of Moab
and what Balaam son of Beor told Balak.
Remember what happened from Acacia to Gilgal
so that you will know the Lord does what is right!”
6You say, “What can I bring with me
when I come before the Lord,
when I bow before God on high?
Should I come before him with burnt offerings,
with year-old calves?
7Will the Lord be pleased with a thousand male sheep?
Will he be pleased with ten thousand rivers of oil?
Should I give my first child for the evil I have done?
Should I give my very own child for my sin?”
8The Lord has told you, human, what is good;
he has told you what he wants from you:
to do what is right to other people,
love being kind to others,
and live humbly, obeying your God.
9The voice of the Lord calls to the city,
and the wise person honors him.
So pay attention to the rod of punishment;
pay attention to the One who threatens to punish.
10Are there still in the wicked house
and the cursed false measure?
11Can I forgive people who cheat others
with wrong weights and scales?
12The rich people of the city
do cruel things.
Its people tell lies;
they do not tell the truth.
13As for me, I will make you sick.
I will attack you, ruining you because of your sins.
14You will eat, but you won’t become full;
you will still be hungry and empty.
You will store up, but save nothing,
and what you store up, the sword will destroy.
15You will plant,
but you won’t harvest.
You will step on your olives,
but you won’t get any oil from them.
You will crush the grapes,
but you will not drink the new wine.
16This is because you obey the laws of King Omri
and do all the things that Ahab’s family does;
you follow their advice.
So I will let you be destroyed.
The people in your city will be laughed at,
and other nations will make fun of you.