3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye
princes of the house of Israel: [Is it] not for you to know
3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their
skin from them, and their flesh from off their bones;
3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin
from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in
pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them:
he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have
behaved themselves ill in their doings.
3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my
people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he
that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war
3:6 Therefore night [shall be] to you, that ye shall not have a
vision; and it shall be dark to you, that ye shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall
be dark over them.
3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners
confounded: yes, they shall all cover their lips; for [there
is] no answer of God.
3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and
of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin.
3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and
princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and
pervert all equity.
3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
3:11 Her heads judge for reward, and her priests teach for hire,
and her prophets divine for money; yet will they lean upon the
LORD, and say, [Is] not the LORD among us? no evil can come
3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed [as] a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house
as the high places of the forest.