1And I said,
Hear now, heads of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel.
Is it not for you to know justice?
2You who hate good and love evil,
Who tear off their skin from them
And their flesh from their bones,
3Who eat the flesh of my people,
Strip off their skin from them,
Break their bones
And chop them up as for the pot
And as meat in a kettle.
4Then they will cry out to the LORD,
But He will not answer them.
Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time
Because they have practiced evil deeds.
5Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray;
When they have something to bite with their teeth,
They cry, Peace,
But against him who puts nothing in their mouths
They declare holy war.
6Therefore it will be night for youwithout vision,
And darkness for youwithout divination.
The sun will go down on the prophets,
And the day will become dark over them.
7The seers will be ashamed
And the diviners will be embarrassed.
Indeed, they will all cover their mouths
Because there is no answer from God.
8On the other hand I am filled with power
With the Spirit of the LORD
And with justice and courage
To make known to Jacob his rebellious act,
Even to Israel his sin.
9Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And twist everything that is straight,
10Who build Zion with bloodshed
And Jerusalem with violent injustice.
11Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe,
Her priests instruct for a price
And her prophets divine for money.
Yet they lean on the LORD saying,
Is not the LORD in our midst?
Calamity will not come upon us.
12Therefore, on account of you
Zion will be plowed as a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: is it not for you to know justice?
And I said: Hear, O ye princes of Jacob, and ye chiefs of the house of Israel: Is it not your part to know judgment,
Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know judgment?
English Revised Version
And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: is it not for you to know judgment?
Webster's Bible Translation
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 judgment?
World English Bible
I said, "Please listen, you heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: Isn't it for you to know justice?
Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Hear, I pray you, heads of Jacob, And ye judges of the house of Israel, Is it not for you to know the judgment?
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In our introduction we gave a number of texts which spoke of the whole of the gospel dispensation as one day; but any period of time distinguished by some extraordinary historic event may be and is also termed a day. The apostasy or dark noonday being under two forms is marked in Bible history as two days. The first form of the apostasy, namely, Catholicism, is called by the Scriptures a "dark day." A Cloudy Day. The second form of the apostasy was not such utter darkness as the first, and is therefore …
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John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion
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J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel
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S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus
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