Oppressors will themselves be ruined
1Doom to those who devise wickedness,
to those who plan evil when they are in bed.
By the light of morning they do it,
for they are very powerful.
2They covet fields and seize them,
houses and take them away.
They oppress a householder
and those in his house,
a man and his estate.
3Therefore, the Lord proclaims:
I myself am devising an evil against this family
from which you will not be able to remove your necks!
You will no longer be able to go about arrogantly,
for it will be an evil time.
4On that day, a taunt will be raised against you;
someone will wail bitterly:
"We are utterly destroyed!
He exchanges the portion of my people;
he removes what belongs to me;
he gives away our fields to a rebel."
5Therefore, you will have no one to set boundary lines
by lot in the Lord’s assembly.
Leaders unwilling to hear God’s word
6"They mustn’t preach!" so they preach.
"They mustn’t preach of such things!
Disgrace won’t overtake us."
7(Should this be said, house of Jacob?)
"Is the Lord’s patience cut short? Are these his deeds?"
Don’t my words help the one who behaves righteously?
8But yesterday, my people, the Lord rose up as an enemy.#Heb lacks the Lord.
You strip off the glorious clothes#Heb uncertain
from trusting passersby, those who reject war.
9You drive out the women of my people,
each from her cherished house;
from their young children
you take away my splendor forever.
10Rise up and go! This can’t be the resting place;
because of its uncleanness,
it destroys and the destruction is horrific.
11If someone were to go about inspired and say deceitfully:
"I will preach to you for wine and liquor,"
such a one would be the preacher for this people!
The false prophet’s “peace” will be destruction
12I’ll surely gather Jacob—all of you!
I’ll surely assemble you, those who are left of Israel!
I’ll put them together like sheep in Bozrah,#See Isa 34:6; 63:1.
like a flock in its pen,
noisy with people.
13The one who breaks out will go before them;
they will break out and pass through the gate;
they will leave by it.
They will pass on,
their king before them,
the Lord at their head.