I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
2Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them,
and their flesh from off their bones;
also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as
for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved
themselves ill in their doings.
the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth
not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the
sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
7Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips;
for there is no answer of God.
I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and
to Israel his sin.
9Hear this, I pray you,
ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
10They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and
the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can
come upon us.
12Therefore shall Zion for your
sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.