4 “Hear this word, YOU cows of Baʹshan,+ who are on the mountain of Sa·marʹi·a,+ who are defrauding the lowly ones,+ who are crushing the poor ones, who are saying to their masters, ‘Do bring, and let us drink!’ 2 The Sovereign Lord Jehovah has sworn by his holiness,+ ‘“Look! There are days coming upon YOU, and he will certainly lift YOU up with butcher hooks and the last part of YOU with fishhooks.+ 3 And [by] breaches YOU will go forth,+ each one straight ahead;* and YOU will certainly be thrown out* to Harʹmon,” is the utterance of Jehovah.’
4 “‘Come, YOU people, to Bethʹel and commit transgression.+ At Gilʹgal be frequent in committing transgression,+ and bring YOUR sacrifices in the morning; on the third day, YOUR tenth parts.*+ 5 And from what is leavened make a thanksgiving sacrifice to smoke,+ and proclaim voluntary offerings;+ publish [it], for that is the way YOU have loved, O sons of Israel,’+ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.
7 “‘And as for me, I also withheld from YOU people the downpour when there were yet three months to the harvest;+ and I made it rain on one city, but on another city I would not make it rain. There was one tract of land that would be rained on, but a tract of land on which I would not make it rain* would be dried up.+ 8 And two or three cities staggered to one city in order to drink water,+ and they would not get satisfied; but YOU did not come back to me,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.
9 “‘I struck YOU people with scorching and mildew.+ There was a multiplying of YOUR gardens and of YOUR vineyards, but YOUR fig trees and YOUR olive trees the caterpillar would devour;+ yet YOU did not come back to me,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.
10 “‘I sent among YOU people a pestilence in the nature of that of Egypt.+ With the sword I killed YOUR young men,+ along with the taking captive of YOUR horses.+ And I kept making the stink of YOUR camps ascend even into YOUR nostrils;+ but YOU did not come back to me,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.
11 “‘I caused an overthrow among YOU people, like God’s* overthrow of Sodʹom and Go·morʹrah.+ And YOU came to be like a log snatched out of [the] burning;+ but YOU did not come back to me,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.
12 “Therefore that is what I shall do to you, O Israel. As a consequence of the fact that I shall do this very thing to you, get ready to meet your God,*+ O Israel. 13 For, look! the Former of [the] mountains+ and the Creator of [the] wind,+ and the One telling to earthling man* what his mental concern* is,+ the One making dawn into obscurity,+ and the One treading on earth’s high places,+ Jehovah the God of armies* is his name.”+