1 Woe to those who devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. 2 And they covet fields, and seize them, and houses, and take them away. And they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
3 Therefore thus says LORD: Behold, I devise an evil against this family, from which ye shall not remove your necks, nor shall ye walk haughtily, for it is an evil time. 4 In that day they shall take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation. [And] say, We are utterly ruined. He changes the portion of my people. How he removes [it] from me! He divides our fields to the rebelliou 5 Therefore thou shall have nobody to cast the line by lot in the assembly of LORD.
6 Prophesy ye not, they prophesy. They shall not prophesy to these, [so] reproaches shall not depart. 7 Shall it be said, O house of Jacob, Is the Spirit of LORD restricted? Are these his doings? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly? 8 But of late my people have risen up as an enemy. Ye strip off the robe with the garment from those who pass by securely [as men] turning back from war. 9 Ye cast out the women of my people from their pleasant houses. Ye take away my glory from their young sons forever. 10 Arise ye, and depart, for this is not your resting-place, because of uncleanness that destroys, even with a grievous destruction. 11 If a man walking in a spirit of falsehood lies, [saying], I will prophesy to thee of wine and of strong drink, he shall even be the prophet of this people.
12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee. I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture. They shall make great noise because of [the multit 13 The breaker has gone up before them. They have broken forth and passed on to the gate, and have gone out there. And their king has passed on before them, and LORD at the head of them.