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Human Plans and God’s Plans

2 Woe to those who plan iniquity,

to those who plot evils on their beds!t

At morning’s light they carry it out

because it is in their power to do it.

They covet fieldsu and seize them,v

and houses, and take them.

They defraudw people of their homes,

they rob them of their inheritance.x

Therefore, the Lord says:

“I am planning disastery against this people,

from which you cannot save yourselves.

You will no longer walk proudly,z

for it will be a time of calamity.

In that day people will ridicule you;

they will taunt you with this mournful song:

‘We are utterly ruined;a

my people’s possession is divided up.b

He takes it from me!

He assigns our fields to traitors.’ ”

Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord

to divide the landc by lot.d

False Prophets

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.

“Do not prophesy about these things;

disgracee will not overtake us.f

You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,

“Does the Lord becomea impatient?

Does he do such things?”

“Do not my words do goodg

to the one whose ways are upright?h

Lately my people have risen up

like an enemy.

You strip off the rich robe

from those who pass by without a care,

like men returning from battle.

You drive the women of my people

from their pleasant homes.i

You take away my blessing

from their children forever.

10 Get up, go away!

For this is not your resting place,j

because it is defiled,k

it is ruined, beyond all remedy.

11 If a liar and deceiverl comes and says,

‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’m

that would be just the prophet for this people!n

Deliverance Promised

12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;

I will surely bring together the remnanto of Israel.

I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,

like a flock in its pasture;

the place will throng with people.p

13 The One who breaks open the way will go up beforeq them;

they will break through the gater and go out.

Their King will pass through before them,

the Lord at their head.”


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