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1:2 Hear, heavens, And listen, earth; for Yahweh has spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against me.
1:3 The ox knows his owner, And the donkey his master`s crib; But Israel doesn`t know, My people don`t consider.
1:4 Ah sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A seed of evil-doers, Children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken Yahweh. They have despised the Holy One of Israel. They are estranged and backward.
1:8 The daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, As a besieged city.
1:11 What are the multitude of your sacrifices to me?, says Yahweh. I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, And the fat of fed animals. I don`t delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs, Or of male goats.
1:12 When you come to appear before me, Who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts?
1:14 My soul hates your New Moons and your appointed feasts; they are a trouble to me; I am weary of bearing them.
1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;
1:17 learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
1:19 If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land:
1:20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.
1:21 How is the faithful city become a prostitute! she who was full of justice! righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards: they don`t judge the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.
1:26 and I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning: afterward you shall be called The city of righteousness, a faithful town.
1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her converts with righteousness.
1:28 But the destruction of transgressors and sinners shall be together, and those who forsake Yahweh shall be consumed.
1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen.