Lamentation for Israel
1Listen to this message that I am singing for you, a lament, # Jr 7:29; 9:10,17; Ezk 19:1 house of Israel:
2She has fallen;
Virgin Israel # Jr 14:17; 31:4,21 will never rise again. # Am 8:14
She lies abandoned on her land,
with no one to raise her up. # Is 51:18
3For the Lord God says:
The city that marches out a thousand strong
will have only a hundred left, # Is 6:13
and the one that marches out a hundred strong
will have only ten left # Am 6:9 in the house of Israel.
Seek God and Live
4For the Lord says to the house of Israel:
Seek Me and live! # Dt 4:29; 32:46-47
5Do not seek Bethel # 1Kg 12:28-29
or go to Gilgal # 1Sm 7:16; 11:14
or journey to Beer-sheba, # Gn 21:31-33
for Gilgal will certainly go into exile,
and Bethel will come to nothing.
6Seek Yahweh # Is 55:3,6-7 and live,
or He will spread like fire # Dt 4:24; 32:22; Heb 12:29
throughout the house of Joseph;
it will consume everything,
with no one at Bethel to extinguish it. # Is 33:14; 66:24; Jr 4:4
7Those who turn justice into wormwood # Am 6:12
throw righteousness to the ground.
8The One who made the Pleiades and Orion, # Jb 9:9; 38:31
who turns darkness # Or turns the shadow of death into dawn # Gn 1:2-3; Jb 38:12
and darkens day into night, # Am 8:9
who summons the waters of the sea # Ps 104:6-9; Jr 10:13
and pours them out over the face of the earth # Jb 36:27-30 —
Yahweh is His name. # Am 4:13; 9:5-6
9He brings destruction # Hb obscure on the strong, # Or stronghold # Is 29:5
and it falls on the stronghold. # Mc 5:11
10They hate the one who convicts the guilty # Is 29:21
at the city gate
and despise # Is 59:15 the one who speaks with integrity.
11Therefore, because you trample on the poor # Am 3:9; 8:6; Jms 1:27
and exact a grain tax from him,
you will never live in the houses of cut stone # Am 3:15; 6:11
you have built;
you will never drink the wine
from the lush vineyards
you have planted. # Dt 28:30; Mc 6:15; Zph 1:13
12For I know your crimes are many
and your sins innumerable.
They oppress the righteous, # Is 1:23; 5:23 take a bribe,
and deprive the poor of justice # Am 2:6-7 at the gates.
13Therefore, the wise person will keep silent # Or the prudent will perish # Ec 3:7; Hs 4:4
at such a time,
for the days are evil.
14Seek good and not evil
so that you may live,
and the Lord, the God of Hosts,
will be with you,
as you have claimed. # Is 48:1-2
15Hate evil and love good; # Rm 12:9
establish justice in the gate. # Is 1:17
Perhaps the Lord, the God of Hosts, will be gracious # Jl 2:14
to the remnant of Joseph. # Mc 3:5,7-8
16Therefore Yahweh, the God of Hosts, the Lord, says:
There will be wailing in all the public squares; # Jr 9:10,18-20; Am 8:3
they will cry out in anguish # Lit will say, “Alas! Alas!” in all the streets.
The farmer will be called on to mourn, # Jl 1:11
and professional mourners # Lit and those skilled in lamentation # Jr 9:17 to wail.
17There will be wailing in all the vineyards, # Is 16:10; Jr 48:33
for I will pass among you. # Ex 12:12
The Lord has spoken.
The Day of the Lord
18Woe to you who long for the Day of the Lord! # Is 5:19; Jl 1:15; 2:1,11,31
What will the Day of the Lord be for you?
It will be darkness and not light. # Is 5:30
19It will be like a man who flees from a lion # Jb 20:24; Is 24:17; Jr 15:2-3
only to have a bear confront him.
He goes home and rests his hand against the wall
only to have a snake bite him.
20Won’t the Day of the Lord
be darkness rather than light, # Is 13:10; Zph 1:15
even gloom without any brightness in it? # Jl 2:2; Zph 1:15
21I hate, I despise your feasts! # Is 1:11-16; 66:3; Am 6:8
I can’t stand the stench
of your solemn assemblies. # Lv 26:31; Jr 14:12; Hs 5:6
22Even if you offer Me
your burnt offerings and grain offerings, # Mc 6:6-7
I will not accept them; # Jr 14:12
I will have no regard
for your fellowship offerings of fattened cattle. # Lv 7:11-15
23Take away from Me the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps. # Is 5:12
24But let justice flow like water,
and righteousness, like an unfailing stream. # Mc 6:6-8
25“House of Israel, was it sacrifices and grain offerings that you presented to Me during the 40 years in the wilderness? # Dt 32:17; Jos 24:14; Neh 9:18-21; Ac 7:42-43 26But you have taken up # Or you will lift up Sakkuth # LXX, Sym, Syr, Vg read the tent ; Ac 7:43 # Probably a Mesopotamian war god also called Adar or Ninurta your king # LXX reads up the tent of Molech and Rephan ; Ac 7:43 and Kaiwan # Probably a Mesopotamian god identified with Saturn your star god, images you have made for yourselves. # Is 44:12-20 27So I will send you into exile beyond Damascus.” # 2Kg 17:5-6; Ac 7:42-43 Yahweh, the God of Hosts, is His name. # Am 4:13 He has spoken.