And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
O LORD, are
not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but
they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
Therefore I said, Surely these are
poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor
the judgment of their God.
I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and
the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and
burst the bonds.
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and
a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and
How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are
no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
They were as
fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.
Shall I not visit for these things
? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?