Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
He feeds on ashes; his deceived mind misleads him. He cannot rescue himself, nor does he say, 'Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?'
"Do so because my people have committed a double wrong: they have rejected me, the fountain of life-giving water, and they have dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water."
They sow the wind, and so they will reap the whirlwind! The stalk does not have any standing grain; it will not produce any flour. Even if it were to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it all up.
Ephraim continually feeds on the wind; he chases the east wind all day; he multiplies lies and violence. They make treaties with Assyria, and send olive oil as tribute to Egypt.
Be sure of this! The Lord who commands armies has decreed: The nations' efforts will go up in smoke; their exhausting work will be for nothing.
and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
So he went and worked for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
but Israel even though pursuing a law of righteousness did not attain it.
For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in line with the truth.
-- though mine too are significant. If someone thinks he has good reasons to put confidence in human credentials, I have more:
Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.
Those who empty out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scale hire a metalsmith, who makes it into a god. They then bow down and worship it.
For he has satisfied those who thirst, and those who hunger he has filled with food.
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
"Come, eat some of my food, and drink some of the wine I have mixed.
If you have a willing attitude and obey, then you will again eat the good crops of the land.
So go into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.'