God’s Lawsuit against Judah
1Now listen to what the Lord is saying:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
2Listen to the Lord’s lawsuit, #Is 3:13Jr 2:9
you mountains and enduring foundations of the earth, #2Sm 22:16Ps 104:5
because the Lord has a case against His people, #Is 1:18Hs 4:1|NoBook| 12:2
and He will argue it against Israel.
3My people, #Ps 50:7 what have I done to you, #Jr 2:5
or how have I wearied you? #Is 43:22-23
Testify against Me!
4Indeed, I brought you up #Ex 12:51|NoBook| 20:2 from the land of Egypt
and redeemed you #Dt 7:8 from that place of slavery. #Ex 20:2
I sent Moses, #Ps 77:20 Aaron, and Miriam #Ex 15:20 ahead of you.
remember what Balak king of Moab #Nm 22:5-6 proposed,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him, #Nm 22–24
and what happened from the Acacia Grove # Or Shittim #Nm 25:1Jos 2:1|NoBook| 3:1 to Gilgal #Jos 4:195:9-10
so that you may acknowledge
the Lord’s righteous acts. #1Sm 12:7Ps 103:6Is 1:27
6What should I bring before the Lord #Ps 40:6-8
when I come to bow before God on high?
Should I come before Him with burnt offerings, #Ps 51:16-17
with year-old calves?
7Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams #Ps 50:9Is 40:16
or with ten thousand streams of oil?
Should I give my firstborn for my transgression, #Lv 18:2120:1-5Jr 7:31
the child of my body for my own sin?
8Mankind, He has told you what is good #Dt 30:15
and what it is the Lord requires of you: #Dt 10:12
to act justly, #Is 56:1Jr 22:3Mt 23:23
to love faithfulness, #Hs 6:6
and to walk humbly with your God. #Is 57:15|NoBook| 66:2
Verdict of Judgment
9The voice of Yahweh calls out to the city # = Jerusalem
(and it is wise to fear Your name):
“Pay attention to the rod
and the One who ordained it. # Or attention, you tribe. Who has ordained it? ; Hb obscure
10Are there still # Hb obscure the treasures of wickedness #Jr 5:26-27Am 3:10
and the accursed short measure #Ezk 45:9-10Am 8:5
in the house of the wicked?
11Can I excuse wicked scales
or bags of deceptive weights? #Lv 19:36Hs 12:7
12For the wealthy of the city are full of violence, #Is 1:23|NoBook| 5:7Am 6:3-4Mc 2:1-2
and its residents speak lies; #Jr 9:2-6Hs 7:13Am 2:4
the tongues in their mouths are deceitful. #Is 3:8
13“As a result, I have begun to strike you severely, # LXX, Aq, Theod, Syr, Vg; MT reads I have made you sick by striking you down #Mc 1:9
bringing desolation because of your sins. #Is 1:7|NoBook| 6:11
14You will eat but not be satisfied, #Is 9:20
for there will be hunger within you.
What you acquire, you cannot save, #Is 30:6
and what you do save,
I will give to the sword. # Hb obscure
15You will sow but not reap; #Dt 28:38-40Jr 12:13
you will press olives
but not anoint yourself with oil;
and you will tread grapes
but not drink the wine. #Am 5:11Zph 1:13
16The statutes of Omri
and all the practices of Ahab’s house
have been observed;
you have followed their policies. #1Kg 16:25-342Kg 21:32Ch 21:6Jr 7:24
Therefore, I will make you a desolate place #Jr 18:16
and the city’s # Lit and its residents an object of contempt; # Lit residents a hissing #Jr 19:8|NoBook| 25:9|NoBook| 29:18
you will bear the scorn of My people.” # LXX reads of the peoples #Ps 44:13Jr 51:51Hs 12:14