2 ‘The virgin, Israel, has fallen;
She cannot get up again.
She has been abandoned on her own ground;
There is no one to raise her up.’
3 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
‘The city that marches out with a thousand will have a hundred left;
And the one that goes out with a hundred will have ten left, for the house of Israel.’+
4 “For this is what Jehovah says to the house of Israel:
‘Search for me and keep living.+
For Gilʹgal will certainly go into exile,+
And Bethʹel will come to nothing.*
So that he does not burst out like a fire on the house of Joseph,
Consuming Bethʹel, with no one to extinguish it.
The One who turns deep shadow into morning,
The One who makes day as dark as night,+
The One who summons the waters of the sea
To pour them out on the surface of the earth+
—Jehovah is his name.
9 He will cause destruction to burst out against the strong,
Bringing destruction on fortified places.
And you take his grain as tribute,+
You will not keep dwelling in the houses of hewn stone that you have built+
Nor drink the wine from the choice vineyards that you have planted.+
And how great your sins are
—You harass the righteous,
You take bribes,*
And you deny the rights of the poor in the city gate.+
Then Jehovah the God of armies may be with you,
Just as you say he is.+
It may be that Jehovah the God of armies
Will show favor to the remaining ones of Joseph.’+
16 “Therefore this is what Jehovah the God of armies, Jehovah, says:
‘In all the public squares there will be wailing,
And in all the streets they will say, “Alas, alas!”
They will call on the farmers to mourn
And the professional mourners to wail.’
What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean for you?+
It will be darkness, and not light.+
19 It will be like a man who flees from a lion and is confronted by a bear,
And when he enters his house and leans his hand against the wall, a snake bites him.
20 Will not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light;
Will it not have gloom, and not brightness?
22 Even if you offer me whole burnt offerings and gift offerings,
I will find no pleasure in them;+
And I will not look with favor on your communion sacrifices of fattened animals.+
25 Did you bring me sacrifices and gift offerings
For those 40 years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?+