Woe to the Oppressors of God’s People
1Woe to those who plan wickedness
and evil deeds upon their beds!
In the light of the morning they did it,
because they have power in their hands.
2They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and they take them away.
They oppress a man and his house;
a man and his inheritance.
3Therefore, thus says Yahweh: Look! I am planning disaster against this family from which you will not be able to remove your necks. You will not walk proudly, for it is a time of disaster.
4In that day they will raise a proverb against you,
and will wail a bitter wailing, saying,
“We are utterly ruined;
he exchanges the portion of my people.
How he removes it from me;
he apportions our field to an apostate.”
5Therefore you will have no one casting a line by lot
in the assembly of Yahweh.
6“Do not preach!” they are preaching.
They should not preach to these;
disgrace will not overtake us.
7Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
Is the patience#Or “spirit” of Yahweh shortened?
Are these his deeds?
Are my words not pleasing
to him who walks upright?
8But recently#Literally “yesterday” my people have risen up as an enemy;
from before the cloak you strip off the robe
from those passing by in confidence,
returning from war.
9You have driven out the women of my people
from the houses of their#Hebrew “her” pleasure.
From their#Hebrew “her” children you have taken away
my glory forever.
10Arise and go,
for this is no resting place,
on account of uncleanness that destroys
with painful destruction.
11If a man walks about in a spirit of deception and lies,
saying “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,”
then he would be a preacher for this people!
12I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob;
I will surely gather together the remainder of Israel.
I will set them like sheep of Bozrah.
Like a herd in the midst of their pasture
they will be in tumult from people.
13The one who breaks out before them goes up;
they break through and pass the gate,
going out through it.
Their king passes before them,
Yahweh at their head.