God’s Lawsuit against Judah
1Now listen to what the Lord is saying:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your complaint.6:1 Lit voice
and he will argue it against Israel.
or how have I wearied you?6:3 Is 43:22–23
Testify against me!
remember what King Balak of Moab6:5 Nm 22:5–6 proposed,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,6:5 Nm 22–24
and what happened from the Acacia Grove6:5 Or from Shittim6:5 Nm 25:1; Jos 2:1; 3:1 to Gilgal6:5 Jos 4:19; 5:9–10
so that you may acknowledge
when I come to bow before God on high?
Should I come before him with burnt offerings,6:6 Ps 51:16–17
with year-old calves?
or with ten thousand streams of oil?
the offspring of my body for my own sin?
and what it is the Lord requires of you:6:8 Dt 10:12
to love faithfulness,6:8 Hs 6:6
Verdict of Judgment
9The voice of the Lord calls out to the city6:9 = Jerusalem
(and it is wise to fear your name):
“Pay attention to the rod
and the one who ordained it.6:9 Or attention, you tribe. Who has ordained it?; Hb obscure
in the house of the wicked?
11Can I excuse wicked scales
the tongues in their mouths are deceitful.6:12 Is 3:8
for there will be hunger within you.
What you acquire, you cannot save,6:14 Is 30:6
and what you do save,
I will give to the sword.6:14 Hb obscure
you will press olives
but not anoint yourself with oil;
and you will tread grapes
16The statutes of Omri
and all the practices of Ahab’s house
have been observed;
Therefore, I will make you a desolate place6:16 Jr 18:16
and the city’s6:16 Lit and its residents an object of contempt;6:16 Lit residents a hissing6:16 Jr 19:8; 25:9,18; 29:18
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