Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”
Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.
They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.
Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility.
“So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:
I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;
I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.
And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor.
And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied.
And they are shepherds who have no understanding;
They have all turned to their own way,
Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.
The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn; for wrath is against all their multitude.
And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’
and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess;