And although they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’ Certainly they swear falsely.'
LORD, do Your eyes not look
for honesty? You have struck them, But they did not weaken; You have consumed them, But
they refused to accept discipline. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to repent.
Then I said, 'They are only the poor, They are foolish; For they do not know the way of the LORD Or
the judgment of their God.
I will go to the great And speak to them, For they know the way of the LORD And
the judgment of their God.' But together they too
have broken the yoke And
burst the restraints.
Therefore a lion from the forest will kill them, A wolf of the deserts will destroy them, A leopard is watching their cities. Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces, Because their wrongdoings are many, Their apostasies are numerous.
'Why should I forgive you? Your sons have forsaken Me And sworn by those who are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, They committed adultery And stayed at the prostitute’s house.
They were well-fed lusty horses, Each one neighing at his neighbor’s wife.
Shall I not punish them
for these things?
' declares the LORD, 'And shall I not avenge Myself On a nation such as this?
'Go up through her vine rows and destroy, But do not execute a complete destruction; Strip away her branches, For they are not the LORD’S.
For the house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me,' declares the LORD.
They have lied about the LORD And said, 'Not He; Misfortune will not come upon us, Nor will we see sword or famine.