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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 5

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1Hear this word which I intone As a dirge over you, O House of Israel: 2Fallen, not to rise again, Is Maiden Israel; Abandoned on her soil With none to lift her up. 3For thus said my Lord GOD About the House of Israel: The town that marches out a thousand strong Shall have a hundred left, And the one that marches out a hundred strong Shall have but ten left. 4Thus said the LORD To the House of Israel: Seek Me, and you will live. 5Do not seek Bethel, Nor go to Gilgal, Nor cross over a I.e., into Judah; cf. 1 Kings 19.3. to Beer‐sheba; For Gilgal shall go into exile, And Bethel shall become a delusion. 6Seek the LORD, and you will live, b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Else He will rush like fire upon ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. the House of Joseph And consume Bethel c Septuagint reads “the House of Israel.” with none to quench it. 7[Ah,] you who turn justice into wormwood And hurl righteousness to the ground! [Seek the LORD,] 8Who made the Pleiades and Orion, Who turns deep darkness into dawn And darkens day into night, Who summons the waters of the sea And pours them out upon the earth— His name is the LORD! 9 b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. It is He who hurls destruction upon strongholds, So that ruin comes upon fortresses! ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 10They hate the arbiter in the gate, And detest him whose plea is just. 11Assuredly, Because you b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. impose a tax ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. on the poor And exact from him a levy of grain, You have built houses of hewn stone, But you shall not live in them; You have planted delightful vineyards, But shall not drink their wine. 12For I have noted how many are your crimes, And how countless your sins— You enemies of the righteous, You takers of bribes, You who subvert in the gate The cause of the needy! 13Assuredly, At such a time the prudent man keeps silent, For it is an evil time. 14Seek good and not evil, That you may live, And that the LORD, the God of Hosts, May truly be with you, As you think. 15Hate evil and love good, And establish justice in the gate; Perhaps the LORD, the God of Hosts, Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. 16Assuredly, Thus said the LORD, My Lord, the God of Hosts: In every square there shall be lamenting, In every street cries of “Ah, woe!” And the farm hand shall be Called to mourn, And those skilled in wailing To lament; 17For there shall be lamenting In every vineyard, too, When I pass through your midst

—said the LORD

18Ah, you who wish For the day of the LORD! Why should you want The day of the LORD? It shall be darkness, not light!— 19As if a man should run from a lion And be attacked by a bear; Or if he got indoors, Should lean his hand on the wall And be bitten by a snake! 20Surely the day of the LORD shall be Not light, but darkness, Blackest night without a glimmer. 21I loathe, I spurn your festivals, I am not appeased by your solemn assemblies. 22If you offer Me burnt offerings—or your meal offerings— I will not accept them; I will pay no heed To your gifts of fatlings. 23Spare Me the sound of your hymns, And let Me not hear the music of your lutes. 24But let justice well up like water, Righteousness like an unfailing stream. 25Did you offer sacrifice and oblation to Me Those forty years in the wilderness, O House of Israel? 26 a Vv. 26–27 would read well after 6.14. And you shall carry off your “king”— Sikkuth b Two Akkadian names applied to Saturn, here deliberately pointed with the vowels of Heb. shiqquß, “detestable thing.” and Kiyyun, b Two Akkadian names applied to Saturn, here deliberately pointed with the vowels of Heb. shiqquß, “detestable thing.” The images you have made for yourselves Of your astral deity— 27As I drive you into exile beyond Damascus —Said the LORD,whose name is God of Hosts‘. c I.e., who is Lord of all the astral bodies.

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a I.e., into Judah; cf. 1 Kings 19.3.

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c Septuagint reads “the House of Israel.”

a Vv. 26–27 would read well after 6.14.

b Two Akkadian names applied to Saturn, here deliberately pointed with the vowels of Heb. shiqquß, “detestable thing.”

c I.e., who is Lord of all the astral bodies.

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