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Their fields and their wives together;
For I will stretch out My hand upon the inhabitants of the land,
Saith the Lord.
13For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them
Every one is greedy for gain;
And from the prophet even unto the priest
Every one dealeth falsely.
14They have healed also the hurt of My people lightly,
Saying: 'Peace, peace', when there is no peace.
15They shall be put to shame because they have committed abomination;
Yea, they are not at all ashamed,
Neither know they how to blush;
Therefore they shall fall among them that fall,
At the time that I punish them they shall stumble,
Saith the Lord.
16Thus saith the Lord:
Stand ye in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths,
Where is the good way, and walk therein,
And ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said: 'We will not walk therein.'
17And I set watchmen over you:
'Attend to the sound of the horn',
But they said: 'We will not attend.'
18Therefore hear, ye nations,
And know, O congregation, what is against them.
19Hear, O earth:
Behold, I will bring evil upon this people,
Even the fruit of their thoughts,
Because they have not attended unto My words,
And as for My teaching, they have rejected it.
20To what purpose is to Me the frankincense that cometh from Sheba,
And the sweet cane, from a far country?
Your burnt-offerings are not acceptable,
Nor your sacrifices pleasing unto Me.
21Therefore thus saith the Lord:
Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people,
And the fathers and the sons together shall stumble against them,
The neighbour and his friend, and they shall perish.
22Thus saith the Lord:
Behold, a people cometh from the north country,
And a great nation shall be roused from the uttermost parts of the earth.
23They lay hold on bow and spear,
They are cruel, and have no compassion;
Their voice is like the roaring sea,
And they ride upon horses;
Set in array, as a man for war,
Against thee, O daughter of Zion.
24'We have heard the fame thereof, our hands wax feeble,
Anguish hath taken hold of us,
And pain, as of a woman in travail.'
25Go not forth into the field,
Nor walk by the way;
For there is the sword of the enemy,
And terror on every side.
26O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth,
And wallow thyself in ashes;
Make thee mourning, as for an only son,
Most bitter lamentation;