1 Woe to those who devise wickedness and do evil on their beds! In the morning light
they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.
2 And they covet and seize fields and houses, and carry them away. And they oppress a
man and his household, even a man and his inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says Jehovah: Behold, I am devising evil against this family, from which
you shall not remove your necks; nor shall you walk haughtily, for this is an evil time.
4 In that day one shall take up a parable against you and wail a mournful lamentation,
saying, We are devastated in utter ruin. He has changed the possession of my people. How
He has removed it from me! To the turncoat He has divided the fields.
5 Therefore you will not have one to cast a measuring line by lot in the assembly of
6 Do not prophesy as you prophesy, you say. So they shall not prophesy to you; they shall not take away reproaches.
7 You who are named House of Jacob, is the Spirit of Jehovah limited? Are these His
doings? Do not My Words do good to the one who walks uprightly?
8 Even recently My people have risen up like an enemy. You strip off an inner robe before an outer garment, from those who pass by securely, as those returning from war.
9 You have thrown the women of My people out from their pleasant houses; you have
taken away My honor forever from their children.
10 Rise up and depart. This is not your rest, for it is unclean. It shall destroy with grievous destruction.
11 If a man walks with a spirit of deception and lies saying, I will prophesy to you for wine and for strong drink, he shall even be a prophet for this people.
12 I will collect and gather all of you, O Jacob; I will collect and gather the remnant of
Israel. I will set them together like the sheep of the fold, like a flock in the middle of their
pasture. They shall be in commotion because of the multitude of people.
13 The one who breaks through comes before them; they break through and pass through
the gate and go out by it. And their king shall pass before them, and Jehovah at their head.