Your land is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; As for
your fields, strangers are devouring them in front of you; It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.
The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, Like a watchman’s hut in a cucumber field, like a city under watch.
If the LORD of armies Had not left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah.
Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Listen to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah!
'What are your many sacrifices to Me?' Says the LORD. 'I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fattened cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats.
When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courtyards?
Do not go on bringing your worthless offerings, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and Sabbath, the proclamation of an assembly— I cannot endure wrongdoing and the festive assembly.
I hate your new moon festivals
and your appointed feasts, They have become a burden to Me; I am tired of bearing them.
So when you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you offer many prayers, I will not be listening. Your hands are covered with blood.
'Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil,
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor, Obtain justice for the orphan, Plead for the widow’s case.
'Come now, and let us debate your case,
' Says the LORD, 'Though your sins are as scarlet, They shall become as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be like wool.
If you are willing and obedient, You will eat the best of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.' For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
How the faithful city has become a prostitute, She who
was full of justice! Righteousness once
dwelt in her, But now murderers.
Your silver has become waste matter, Your drink diluted with water.
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after gifts. They do not obtain justice for the orphan, Nor does the widow’s case come before them.
Therefore the Lord GOD of armies, The Mighty One of Israel, declares, 'Ah, I will have satisfaction against My adversaries, And avenge Myself on My enemies.
I will also turn My hand against you, And smelt away your impurities as with lye; And I will remove all your slag.