1Now listen to what Yahweh says: 'Stand up, state your case to the mountains and let the hills hear whatyou have to say!' 2Listen, mountains, to the case as Yahweh puts it, give ear, you foundations of the earth, for Yahweh hasa case against his people and he wil argue it with Israel. 3'My people, what have I done to you, how have I made you tired of me? Answer me! 4For I brought you up from Egypt, I ransomed you from the place of slave-labour and sent Moses, Aaronand Miriam to lead you. 5My people, please remember: what was Balak king of Moab's plan and how did Balaam son of Beoranswer him? . . . from Shittim to Gilgal, for you to know Yahweh's saving justice. 6'With what shal I enter Yahweh's presence and bow down before God All-high? Shall I enter with burntofferings, with calves one year old? 7Wil he be pleased with rams by the thousand, with ten thousand streams of oil? Shal I offer my eldestson for my wrong-doing, the child of my own body for my sin? 8'You have already been told what is right and what Yahweh wants of you. Only this, to do what is right,to love loyalty and to walk humbly with your God.' 9Yahweh's voice! He thunders to the city, 'Listen, tribe of assembled citizens! 10Can I overlook the false measure, that abomination, the short bushel? 11Can I connive at rigged scales and at the bag of fraudulent weights? 12For the rich there are steeped in violence, and the citizens there are habitual liars. 13'I myself have therefore begun to strike you down, to bring you to ruin for your sins. 14You wil eat but not be satisfied; you wil store up but never keep safe; what you do keep safe I shalhand over to the sword; 15you wil sow but wil not reap, press the olive but wil not rub yourself with oil, tread the grape but wilnot drink the wine. 16'For you keep the laws of Omri; what the House of Ahab did, you have done; by model ing yourselveson their standards, you force me to make an appal ing example of you and reduce your citizens to a laughing-stock; hence you wil endure the scorn of other peoples.'
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