Hear now what Jehovah says: Arise, contend before the mountains, And let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, O mountains, Jehovah's contention, And you enduring foundations of the earth; For Jehovah has a contention with His people, And with Israel He will dispute.
O My people, what have I done to You? And with what have I wearied you? Testify against Me.
For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, And from the slave house I redeemed you; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
O My people, remember now what Balak the king of Moab counseled, And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, From Shittim to Gilgal, That you may know the righteous acts of Jehovah.
With what shall I come before Jehovah And bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With one-year-old calves?
Will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, With tens of thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has declared to you, O man, what is good; And what does Jehovah require of you, But that you would execute justice and love mercy And walk humbly with your God?
The voice of Jehovah cries out to the city, And wisdom looks upon Your name. Hear the rod and Him who appointed it.
Are there yet treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, And a scant measure that is abominable?
Shall I be pure with wicked balances And with a bag of deceitful weights?
For the rich men of the city are full of violence, And those who inhabit it speak falsehood, And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Thus I also have made you sick by striking you; I have made you desolate because of your sins.
You will eat, but you will not be satisfied; And your emptiness will remain in the midst of you; And you will take away, But you will not rescue, And what you rescue I will give up to the sword.
You will sow, But you will not reap; You will tread olives, But you will not anoint yourself with oil, And the new wine, But you will not drink wine.
For the statutes of Omri are kept, And all the works of the house of Ahab; And you walk in their counsels, That I may make you a desolation, And the inhabitants of the city a hissing; And you will bear the reproach of My people.