Woe to them that devise iniquity,
and work evil upon their beds! when the
morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their
And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take
them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
Therefore thus saith the
LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which
ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time
In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a
doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the
portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath
divided our fields.
Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the
congregation of the LORD.
Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy
to them, that they shall not take shame.
O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD
straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that
Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with
the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.
The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from
their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.
Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted,
it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will
prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet
of this people.
I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the
remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the
flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of
the multitude of men.
The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed
through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before
them, and the LORD on the head of them.