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5:1 Hear you this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.
5:2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is cast down on her land; there is none to raise her up.
5:3 For thus says the Lord Yahweh: The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went forth one hundred shall have ten left, to the house of Israel.
5:4 For thus says Yahweh to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you shall live;
5:6 Seek Yahweh, and you shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.
5:7 You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth,
5:8 [seek him] who makes the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night; who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth (Yahweh is his name);
5:9 who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.
5:10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly.
5:11 Forasmuch therefore as you trample on the poor, and take taxes from him of wheat: you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink the wine of it.
5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so Yahweh, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you say.
5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish justice in the gate: it may be that Yahweh, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
5:16 Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of hosts, the Lord: Wailing shall be in all the broad ways; and they shall say in all the streets, Alas! Alas! and they shall call the farmer to mourning, and such as are skillful in lamentation to wailing.
5:17 In all vineyards shall be wailing; for I will pass through the midst of you, says Yahweh.
5:22 Yes, though you offer me your burnt offerings and meal-offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat animals.
5:23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; for I will not hear the melody of your viols.
5:24 But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
5:25 Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel?