Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain.
“Behold, then, I smite My hand at your dishonest gain which you have acquired and at the bloodshed which is among you.
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.
“Behold, the rulers of Israel, each according to his power, have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood.
Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.
‘When she brought up one of her cubs, He became a lion, And he learned to tear his prey; He devoured men.
There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.
‘Thus says the Lord God, “ Enough, you princes of Israel; put away violence and destruction, and practice justice and righteousness. Stop your expropriations from My people,” declares the Lord God.
When I would heal Israel, The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, And the evil deeds of Samaria, For they deal falsely; The thief enters in, Bandits raid outside,
“You who hate good and love evil, Who tear off their skin from them And their flesh from their bones,
Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And twist everything that is straight,
Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.
And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘’ My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers den.”
But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.