1And I said,
"Hear now, heads of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel.
Is it not for you to know justice?
2"You who hate good and love evil,
Who tear off their skin from them
And their flesh from their bones,
3Who eat the flesh of my people,
Strip off their skin from them,
Break their bones
And chop them up as for the pot
And as meat in a kettle."
4Then they will cry out to the Lord,
But He will not answer them.
Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time
Because they have practiced evil deeds.
5Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; When they have something to bite with their teeth, They cry, "Peace," But against him who puts nothing in their mouths They declare holy war.
6Therefore it will be night for you-without vision,
And darkness for you-without divination.
The sun will go down on the prophets,
And the day will become dark over them.
7The seers will be ashamed
And the diviners will be embarrassed.
Indeed, they will all cover their mouths
Because there is no answer from God.
8On the other hand I am filled with power-
With the Spirit of the Lord-
And with justice and courage
To make known to Jacob his rebellious act,
Even to Israel his sin.
9Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And twist everything that is straight,
10Who build Zion with bloodshed
And Jerusalem with violent injustice.
11Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe,
Her priests instruct for a price
And her prophets divine for money.
Yet they lean on the Lord saying,
"Is not the Lord in our midst?
Calamity will not come upon us."
12Therefore, on account of you
Zion will be plowed as a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.