1 Hear you this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Yisrael:
2 The virgin of Yisrael is fallen; she shall no more rise. She is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
3 For thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “The city that went out by a thousand shall leave a hundred, and that which went forth by a hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Yisrael!”
4 For thus saith יהוה unto the house of Yisrael: “Seek you Me, and you shall live;
5 But seek not Bethel (Beit-El), nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-Sheva; for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel (Beit-El) shall come to nothing.
6 Seek יהוה, and you shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph (Yosef), and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel (Beit-El).
7 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth!”
8 Seek Him who maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night; who calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: יהוה is His name.
9 He who causes destruction against the strong, so that the destruction shall come against the fortress.
10 They hate him who rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him who speaketh uprightly.
11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and you take from him burdens of wheat; you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink wine of them.
12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins; they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time, for it is an evil time.
14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so יהוה God of hosts (YHWH Elohei Tsevaot), shall be with you, as you have spoken.
15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate; it may be that יהוה God of hosts (YHWH Elohei Tsevaot) will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph (Yosef).
16 Therefore יהוה God of hosts (YHWH Elohei Tsevaot), the Lord (Adonai), saith thus: “Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, ‘Alas! Alas!’ And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing, for I will pass through you,” saith יהוה.
18 Woe unto you that desire the day of יהוה! To what end is it for you? The day of יהוה is darkness, and not light.
19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
20 Shall not the day of יהוה be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?
21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them; nor will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
23 Take you away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your harps.
24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
25 Have you offered unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Yisrael?
26 But you have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves.
27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus (Dammeseq),” saith the God of hosts (Elohei Tsevaot), Whose name is יהוה.