1 Hear now what Jehovah says: Rise up, contend with the mountains, and let the hills
hear your voice.
2 Mountains, and you enduring foundations of the earth, hear the contention of Jehovah,
for Jehovah has a quarrel with His people, and He will argue with Israel.
3 O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I made you weary? Testify
4 For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of
bondage; and I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam before you.
5 My people, remember now what Balak, king of Moab, counseled; and what Balaam, the
son of Beor, answered him from Shittim to Gilgal, so that you may know the righteousness
6 With what shall I come before Jehovah, to bow myself before the loftiness of God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves?
7 Will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 O man, He has declared to you what is good. And what does Jehovah require of you, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
9 The voice of Jehovah cries out to the city; and one of sound wisdom will see Your name. Hear the staff, and Him who appointed it.
10 Are there yet in the house of the wicked the treasures of wickedness, and the
abominable short ephah?
11 Shall I declare to be pure the wicked balances, or the bag of deceitful weight stones?
12 For her rich ones are full of violence, and her inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue
is deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore I also will make you sick by striking you, making you desolate because of
14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied, and your emptiness shall be in your midst; and you
will move back, but shall not be safe; and that which you rescue, I will give to the sword.
15 You shall sow, but you shall not reap; you shall tread the olive, but you shall not anoint
yourselves with oil; and new wine, but shall not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab. And you
walk in their counsels, so that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing.
And you shall bear the reproach of My people.