2Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children1 have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.
3The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”
4Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.
5Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
6From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and raw wounds; they are not pressed out or bound up or softened with oil.
7Your country lies desolate; your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence foreigners devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
8And the daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a lodge in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.
9If the Lord of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah.
10Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching2 of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
12“When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts?
13Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
16Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
17learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
18“Come now, let us reason3 together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
19If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”