Lordís Case Against Israel
6:1 Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend
thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
6:2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and ye
strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a
controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.
6:3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein
have I wearied thee? testify against me.
6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and
redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent
before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab
consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from
Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of
6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself
before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt
offerings, with calves of a year old?
6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or
with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my
firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the
sin of my soul?
6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth
the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Israelís Guilt and
6:9 The LORD's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of
wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath
6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house
of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and
with the bag of deceitful weights?
6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the
inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is
deceitful in their mouth.
6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee,
in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting
down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take
hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest
will I give up to the sword.
6:15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt
tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil;
and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.
6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works
of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I
should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof
an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my