An Evil Time
Woe to those who devise wickedness,
Who work out evil on their beds!
When the light of the morning comes, they do it,
For it is in the power of their hands. 2
And they covet fields and then tear them away,
And houses, and take them away.
And they oppress a man and his house,
A man and his inheritance. 3 Therefore thus says Yahweh,
“Behold, I am devising against this family an evil demise
From which you cannot remove your necks;
And you will not walk haughtily,
For it will be an evil time. 4
On that day they will take up against you a taunt
And utter a bitter wailing and say,
‘We are completely devastated!
He exchanges the portion of my people;
How He removes it from me!
To the faithless one, He apportions our fields.’ 5
Therefore you will have no one stretching a measuring line
For you by lot in the assembly of Yahweh.
‘Do not speak, dripping out words,’ they say while dripping out words.
But if they do not drip out words concerning these things,
Dishonor will not be turned back. 7
Is it being said, O house of Jacob:
‘Is the Spirit of Yahweh impatient?
Are these His deeds?’
Do not My words do good
To the one walking uprightly? 8
And recently My people have arisen as an enemy—
You strip the robe off the garment
From unsuspecting passers‑by,
From those returned from war. 9
The women of My people you drive out,
Each one from her pleasant house.
From her infants you take My splendor forever. 10
Arise and go,
For this is no place of rest
Because of the uncleanness that wreaks destruction,
A painful destruction. 11
If a man walking after wind and lying
Had acted falsely and said,
‘I will speak, dripping out words to you concerning wine and liquor,’
He would be one who drips out words as a spokesman to this people.
“I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob;
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel.
I will put them together like sheep in the fold;
Like a flock in the midst of its pasture
They will be noisy with men. 13
The breaker goes up before them;
They break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it.
So their king goes on before them,
And Yahweh at their head.”