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Hear this word, you cows of Bashan who live on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the powerless, who crush the poor, who say to their husbands, "Bring something so that we may drink!" My Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that, "Behold, the days are coming upon you when they will take you away with hooks, even the last of you with fishing hooks. And you shall leave through breaches in the wall, each one in front of her. You will be dragged off toward Harmon," declares Yahweh. "Come to Bethel and transgress; to Gilgal and multiply transgression! Bring your sacrifices in the morning and your tithes on the third day. And bring a thank offering of unleavened bread, and proclaim freewill offerings, pronounce them, for so you love to do, O people of Israel," is the declaration of my Lord Yahweh. "And I in turn gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities and lack of bread in all your places. Yet you did not return to me," is the declaration of Yahweh. "And I also withheld the rain from you when there were still three months to the harvest. And I would send rain on one city and send no rain on another city. One tract of land will be rained on, and the tract of land on which it does not rain will dry up. So two or three cities wandered to one city to drink water and they were not satisfied, yet you did not return to me," is the declaration of Yahweh. "I struck you with blight and with mildew. Frequently the cutting locust devoured your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees, yet you did not return to me," is the declaration of Yahweh. "I sent among you a plague in the manner of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, along with the captivity of your horses. And I made the stench of your camps go up into your nostrils, yet you did not return to me," is the declaration of Yahweh. "I overthrew some of you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a stick snatched from the fire, and yet you did not return to me," is the declaration of Yahweh. "Therefore, thus I will do to you, O Israel. Because I will do this to you, O Israel, prepare to meet your God! Yes, here is the one who forms the mountains, and the one who creates the wind, and the one who reveals to humans what his thoughts are, and the one who treads on the heights of the earth; Yahweh, the God of hosts, is his name!"
Hear this word that I am going to intone over you as a lament, O house of Israel! Virgin Israel has fallen and will not rise again. She is deserted on her land; there is no one to raise her up. For thus says my Lord Yahweh, "The city that marches out with a thousand will only have a hundred left. And the one that marches out with a hundred will only have ten left for the house of Israel." For thus says Yahweh to the house of Israel, "Seek me so that you may live." But do not seek Bethel or go to Gilgal or cross over to Beersheba, for Gilgal will certainly go into exile and Bethel will come to disaster." Seek Yahweh so that you may live, so that he will not break out like a fire against the house of Joseph! And it will devour, with none to quench it for Bethel. Ah, you who turn justice into wormwood and hurl righteousness to the ground! The one who made the Pleiades and Orion and who turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens day into night, the one who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, Yahweh is his name! The one who makes destruction flash upon the fierce, so that destruction comes upon the fortification. They hate the one who reproves in the gate and they abhor the one who speaks honestly. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and you take a grain tax from them, you built houses of dressed stone, but you will not live in them. You built vineyards of delightfulness, but you will not drink their wine. For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are numerous, you foes of the righteous, those who take a bribe, and those who push aside the poor ones in the gate! Therefore, whoever has insight will keep silent in that time, for it is a time of evil. Seek good and not bad in order that you may live, and so Yahweh, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil and love good and establish justice in the gate; perhaps Yahweh, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. Therefore, thus says Yahweh, the God of hosts, my Lord, "In all of the public squares there will be wailing, and in all of the streets they will say, ‘Alas, alas, alas!’ They shall call the farmers to mourning and to wailing, to those who are skilled in lamentation. And in all of the vineyards there will be wailing, because I will pass in your midst," says Yahweh.
Alas, those who desire the day of Yahweh, why is this for you the day of Yahweh? It will be darkness and not light! It will be as if a man fled from a lion and a bear met him; or he went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall and a snake bit him. Is not the day of Yahweh darkness and not light, and pitch dark with no brightness in it? "I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your assemblies. Yes, even if you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them, and I will not look at the fellowship offerings of your fattened animals. Remove from me the noise of your songs, and I do not want to hear the melody of your harps! But let justice roll on like the water, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings those forty years in the desert, O house of Israel? And you will take up Sikkuth, your king, and Kaiwan, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves. And I will deport you beyond Damascus," says Yahweh—the God of hosts is his name.
Alas for those being at ease in Zion, and those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, the notables of the best of the nations! The house of Israel resorts to them. Cross over to Calneh and see, and go from there to Hamath Rabbah and go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms, or is their territory greater than your territory? You that put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of violence! Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory and lounge on their couches, and those eating young rams from the sheep and goats, and bull-calves from the middle of the animal stall. Alas for those who sing to the tune of the harp; like David they improvise on instruments of music. Alas for those who drink from sprinkling bowls of wine and anoint themselves with the best of olive oils and are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore, they shall now go into exile at the head of the exiles and the feast of lounging shall pass away.
My Lord Yahweh has sworn by himself, declares Yahweh, the God of hosts: "I abhor the pride of Jacob and I hate his citadel fortresses and I will deliver the city and its fullness!" And then if ten people remain in one house, they too will die. And if one’s relative, who burns the body, lifts it up and brings the body out of the house and he will say to someone in the innermost part of the house, "Are there any more with you?" and he will say, "None," then he will say, "Silence," because we must not invoke the name of Yahweh. Look, Yahweh is going to command and the great house will be destroyed to bits and the little house to pieces. Do horses run on rocks, or does one plow the sea with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood! You who rejoice over Lo-Debar, who say, "Have we not taken Karnaim for ourselves by our strength?" Indeed, I am going to raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, declares Yahweh, the God of hosts. And they shall oppress you from Lebo-hamath up to the wadi of the Arabah.
For the music director, with stringed instruments.
A maskil of David.
Give ear, O God, to my prayer,
and do not hide yourself from my plea.
Attend to me and answer me.
I am restless in my lamenting and I groan,
because of the voice of an enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked,
because they bring down evil on me,
and in anger they hold a grudge against me.
My heart trembles within me,
and deathly terrors fall on me.
Fear and trembling come on me,
and horror overwhelms me.
So I say, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove.
I would fly away and be at rest.
Look, I would flee far away.
I would dwell in the wilderness. Selah
I would hurry to my refuge
from the raging wind and storm."
Confuse, O Lord; divide their speech,
because I see violence and strife in the city.
Day and night they go around it on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are in its midst.
Destruction is within it,
and oppression and deceit
do not depart from its public square.
For it is not an enemy that taunts me,
or I could bear it.
It is not one who hates me that magnifies himself over me,
or I could hide myself from him.
But it is you, a man my equal,
my friend and confidant.
We who would take sweet counsel together;
in the house of God
we would walk with the throng.
Let death deceive them. May they descend to Sheol alive,
because evil is in their home and heart.
As for me, I will call to God,
and Yahweh will save me.
Morning, noon and night I will lament and groan loudly,
and he will hear my voice.
He safely redeems my life from the battle against me,
because those standing against me are among many.
God will hear and answer them,
he who is enthroned from of old, Selah
Because they do not change,
and they do not fear God.
He has put forth his hands against his friends;
he has defiled his covenant.
The buttery words of his mouth were smooth,
but there was battle in his heart.
His words were smoother than oil,
but they were drawn swords.
Cast your burden on Yahweh,
and he will sustain you.
He will never allow the righteous to be moved.
But you, O God, you will bring them down to the pit of corruption.
The men of bloodshed and deceit will not live half their days,
but I will trust you.
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist! He has been raised from the dead, and for this reason miraculous powers are at work in him." For Herod, after arresting John, bound him and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because John had been saying to him, "It is not permitted for you to have her." And although he wanted to kill him, he feared the crowd, because they looked upon him as a prophet.
But when Herod’s birthday celebration took place, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst of them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. And coached by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter!" And although the king was distressed, because of his oaths and his dinner guests he commanded the request to be granted. And he sent orders and had John beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took away the corpse and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
Now when Jesus heard it, he withdrew from there in a boat to an isolated place by himself. And when the crowds heard it, they followed him by land from the towns. And as he got out, he saw the large crowd and had compassion on them and healed their sick. Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him saying, "The place is desolate and the hour is late. Release the crowds so that they can go away into the villages and purchase food for themselves." But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "We do not have anything here except five loaves and two fish." So he said, "Bring them here to me." And he commanded the crowds to recline for a meal on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks. And after breaking them, he gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. Now those who ate were about five thousand men, in addition to women and children.
And immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent away the crowds. And after he sent away the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. So when evening came, he was there alone. But the boat was already many stadia distant from the land, being beaten by the waves, because the wind was against it. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But the disciples, when they saw him walking on the sea, were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Have courage, I am he! Do not be afraid!" And Peter answered him and said, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water!" So he said, "Come!" And getting out of the boat, Peter walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus extended his hand and caught him and said to him, "You of little faith! Why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind abated. So those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God!"
And after they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent word into that whole surrounding region, and they brought to him all those who were sick. And they were imploring him that they might only touch the edge of his cloak, and all those who touched it were cured.