1 Woe unto those that devise iniquity and fabricate evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they put it into effect because they have power in their hands. 2 And they coveted fields and stole them, and houses and took them away; so they oppressed the man and his house, even the man and his heritage.
3 Therefore thus hath the LORD said; Behold, I devise an evil against this family, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye walk haughtily; for the time shall be evil. 4 In that time shall one take up a saying against you and lament with a doleful lamentation and say, We have been utterly destroyed; he has changed the portion of my people; how has he taken our fields! He has given and divided our fields unto others. 5 Therefore thou shalt have no one to cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
6 Do not prophesy, they say to those that prophesy: Do not prophesy unto them that they are to understand shame. 7 O thou that calls thyself the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD shortened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walks uprightly? 8 He who yesterday was my people is risen up as an enemy; ye pull off the robe with the garment from those that pass by as those who return from war. 9 Ye have cast the women of my people out from their pleasant houses; from their children ye have taken away my continual praise. 10 Arise and depart, for this is not your rest because it is polluted; it has become corrupted and with a great corruption. 11 If there is one walking in the spirit of falsehood, he shall lie, saying, I will prophesy unto 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 the flock in the midst of their fold; they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. 13 The breaker shall go up before them; they shall break through and pass through the gate and go out by it; and their king shall pass before them, the LORD at the head of them.