Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them,
Nor do they seek Yahweh of hosts. 14
So Yahweh cuts off head and tail from Israel,
Both palm branch and bulrush in a single day. 15
The head is the elder and the highly respected man,
And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail. 16
For those who guide this people are leading them astray;
And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion. 17
Therefore the Lord is not glad in their choice men,
Nor does He have compassion on their orphans or their widows;
For every one of them is godless and an evildoer,
And every mouth is speaking wicked foolishness.
In spite of all this, His anger does not turn back,
And His hand is still stretched out.