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3 And I said “Listen, heads of Jacob and chieftains of the house of Israel: is it not your business to know justice? 2* haters of good and lovers of evil, eaters of my people’s flesh that have stripped their skin off them and cracked up their bones 3* and carved them as if in a kettle, like meat contained in a caldron. 4 Then they will cry to Jehovah, and he will not answer them but will veil his face from them at that time because they have taken to vicious practices. 5 Says Jehovah about the prophets that mislead my people, that bite with their teeth and proclaim peace, and against him who does not put something in their mouths they declare a war: 6 Therefore you shall have night cutting off vision and darkness cutting off soothsaying, and the sun shall go down on the prophets and the day turn black over them, 7* and the seers shall be disappointed and the soothsayers abashed, and they shall all veil their lips, because there is no answer from God. 8* But I am full of strength and decision and vigor to tell Jacob his crime and Israel his sin. 9 Listen to this, heads of the house of Jacob and chieftains of the house of Israel, that detest justice and put kinks in whatever is straight, 10 that build Sion by bloodshed and Jerusalem by foul play— 11 her heads give the decision they are bribed to, and her priests the rulings they are hired to, and her prophets the predictions they get money for, and they lean on Jehovah and say “Do we not have Jehovah in our midst? no mischief will come upon us.” 12 So on your account Sion shall be plowed for field land, and Jerusalem shall be ruins and the Temple Mount a height of broken rocks and scrub trees.
3:2 Codd. evil, stealers of their skin off them and of their flesh off their bones, eaters of my people’s flesh that have stripped their skin off them and cracked up their bones
3:3 Var. carved them like flesh in a kettle
3:7 Or from a god
3:8 Codd. strength (Jehovah’s spirit) and judgment and