Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains,
and let the hills hear thy voice.||
Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and ye strong foundations of the
earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.||
(6:2) "Ye strong foundations of the earth."|
The earth is set upon foundations and does not move.
O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee?
testify against me.||
For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of
the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.||
O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what
Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may
know the righteousness of the LORD.||
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high
God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year
(6:6-7) "Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams?"|
Does God desire animal sacrifices?
|6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten 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 hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require
of thee, but to do justly, and to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?||
"What is good but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly?"
The LORD's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy
name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.||
Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and
the scant measure that is abominable?||
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of
For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof
have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.||
God will make his people sick, hungry, and desolate. Those who
survive he will "give up to the sword."
(6:13) "Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins."
(6:14) "Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied ... and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword."
Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee
desolate because of thy sins.
Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the
midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that
which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.
Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but
thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink
For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab,
and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the
inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my
(6:16) "I should make thee a desolation, and the
inhabitants thereof an hissing."