Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap ye at thc bidding of lovingkindness, furrow to yourselves the newly-ploughed soil, - then will be the time to seek Yahweh, until he come, that he may rain down righteousness for you.
Let the drops fall ye heavens, from above, Yea, let, the skies, pour down righteousness, - Let the earth open and let them bear as their fruit - deliverance And let, justice, spring forth therewith, I - Yahweh, have created it.
The lawless man, earneth the wages of falsehood, but, he that soweth righteousness, hath the reward of fidelity.
For I will pour, Water upon the thirsty soil, and Floods upon the dry ground, - I will pour My spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring;
Then let us know - let us press on to know - Yahweh, Like the dawn, is his coming forth assured, - that he may come like a down-pour upon us, like the harvest-rain, and the seed-rain of the land.
For, to the wind, they sow, and, to the whirlwind, they reap: stalk, hath it none, That which shooteth forth, shall yield no meal, If so be it yield, foreigners, swallow it lip,
Let him come down, Like rain on fields to be mown, Like myriad drops on land to be reaped.
They who are sowing with tears, with shouting, shall reap:
Death and life, are in the power of the tongue, and, its friends, shall eat its fruits.
In the morning, sow thy seed, and, until evening, do not withhold thy hand, - for thou knowest not - whether shall thrive, either this or that, or whether, both alike, shall be fruitful.
And I will make it a waste; - It shall be neither pruned nor hoed, But there shall come up briars and thorns, - And upon the clouds, will I lay a charge, That they rain thereon no rain.
Then will he give - Rain for thy seed - wherewith thou shalt sow thy ground and Bread as the increase of thy ground, which shall be fertile and fat, - Thy cattle, in that day, shall feed in broad pasture:
Alas! for them who are going down to Egypt for help, On horses, would rely, - And have trusted - In chariots - because they are many, and In horsemen, because they are very bold, But have not looked unto the Holy One of Israel, And onto Yahweh, have not sought.
How happy are ye who sow beside all waters, - Who send forth the foot of the ox and the ass.
For thus saith Yahweh Unto the men of Judah and unto Jerusalem, Till ye the untilled ground, - And do not sow among thorns.
So shall ye call upon me, - And go and pray unto me, - And I will hearken unto you;
In those days, and at that time, Declareth Yahweh, Shall the sons of Israel come in, They and the sons of Judah together: Weeping as they travel, so shall they journey on, And Yahweh their God, shall they seek;
And I, will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing,- And I will cause the abundant rain to come down in its season abundant rains of blessing, shall they be;
Thou, therefore, by thy God, shalt return, - lovingkindness and justice, do thou keep, so wait thou for thy God, continually.
Seek ye Yahweh, and live, - lest he break forth, like a fire, upon the house of Joseph, and it devour with none to quench it, for Bethel.
Seek him who made the Cluster and the Giant, and turneth, into morning, the shadow of death, and who, day into night, doth darken, Him who calleth to the waters of the sea, and poureth them out on the face of the land, Yahweh, is his name:
Hate wrong, and love right, and station, Justice, in the gate, - Peradventure, Yahweh, God of hosts, will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Collect your thoughts, aye collect them, - O nation, depressed!
Be striving to enter through the narrow door; for, many, I say unto you, will seek to enter, and will not be able, -
And, even upon my men-servants and upon my maid-servants in those days, will I pour out of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy;
I, planted, Apollos, watered, - but, God, caused to, grow.