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Unjust Leaders Judged
1Then I said, “Now listen, #Is 1:10Mc 3:9 leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of the house of Israel.
Aren’t you supposed to know what is just? #Ps 82:1-5Jr 5:5
2You hate good and love evil.
You tear off people’s skin #Ps 53:4Ezk 22:27Mc 2:87:2-3
and strip their flesh from their bones.
3You eat the flesh #Ps 14:4|NoBook| 27:2Zph 3:3 of my people
after you strip their skin from them
and break their bones.
You chop them up #Ezk 11:3
like flesh for the cooking pot,
like meat in a cauldron.”
4Then they will cry out #Ps 18:41Pr 1:28Is 1:15Jr 11:11 to the Lord,
but He will not answer them.
He will hide His face from them at that time #Dt 31:17Is 59:2
because of the crimes they have committed.
False Prophets Judged
5This is what the Lord says
concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray, #Is 3:129:15-16Jr 14:14-15
who proclaim #Jr 6:14 peace
when they have food to sink their teeth into
but declare war against the one
who puts nothing in their mouths.
6Therefore, it will be night #Is 8:20-2229:10-12 for you —
without visions;
it will grow dark for you —
without divination. #Dt 18:10Jos 13:22
The sun will set #Is 59:10 on these prophets,
and the daylight will turn black over them.
7Then the seers will be ashamed #Zch 13:4
and the diviners disappointed. #Is 44:2547:12-14
They will all cover their mouths # Lit mustache #Lv 13:45Lm 4:13-15Ezk 24:17Mc 7:16
because there will be no answer from God. #1Sm 28:6Is 29:9-12Mc 3:4
8As for me, however, I am filled with power #Is 61:1-2Jr 1:18
by the Spirit of the Lord,
with justice and courage,
to proclaim to Jacob his rebellion
and to Israel his sin. #Is 58:1
Zion’s Destruction
9Listen to this, leaders of the house of Jacob, #Mc 3:1
you rulers of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice #Ps 58:1-2Is 1:23
and pervert everything that is right,
10who build Zion with bloodshed #Jr 22:13Hab 2:12
and Jerusalem with injustice.
11Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe, #Is 1:23Mc 7:3
her priests teach for payment, #Jr 6:13
and her prophets practice divination for money.
Yet they lean on the Lord, saying,
“Isn’t the Lord #Is 48:2 among us?
No disaster will overtake us.”
12Therefore, because of you,
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become ruins, #Jr 9:11
and the hill of the temple mount #Mc 4:1
will be a thicket. #Jr 26:18

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