1 And I said, Hear now, O heads of Jacob, and you rulers of the house of Israel; is it not
for you to know justice.
2 You who hate good and love evil, who tear their skin off them, and their flesh from off
3 who also eat the flesh of My people, and flay their skin off from them; and they break
their bones and chop them in pieces as for the pot, and as flesh in the kettle.
4 Then they shall cry out to Jehovah, but He will not answer them. He will even hide His
face from them at that time, because they have done evil in their doings.
5 Thus says Jehovah concerning the prophets who mislead My people, who bite with their
teeth and call out, Peace! And whoever does not put anything into their mouth, they even
prepare a war against him.
6 Therefore the night shall be to you without vision; and darkness without divining. And
the sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
7 And the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded, all of them; yea, they
shall cover their mustache, for there is no answer from God.
8 But by the Spirit of Jehovah I am full of power and justice and might, to declare to
Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
9 Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel, you
who abhor justice and pervert all equity,
10 who build up Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity:
11 Her heads judge for a bribe, and her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money; yet they lean on Jehovah, saying, Is not Jehovah among us? No evil can come upon us.
12 Therefore, on account of you, Zion shall be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall
become heaps, and the mountain of the house like the high places of the forest.