The Prophet Acknowledges
1 Woe is me! For I am
Like the fruit pickers, like the grape R203 gatherers.
There is not a cluster of grapes to eat,
Or a first-ripe R204 fig which I F53 crave.
2 The godly F54 person has perished R205 from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for bloodshed; R206
Each of them hunts the other with a net. R207
3 Concerning evil, both hands do it well. R208
The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, R209
And a great man speaks the desire of his soul;
So they weave it together.
4 The best of them is like a briar, R210
The most upright like a thorn R211 hedge.
The day when you post your watchmen,
Your punishment R212 will come.
Then their confusion R213 will occur.
5 Do not trust R214 in a neighbor;
Do not have confidence in a friend.
From her who lies in your bosom
Guard your F55 lips.
6 For son R215 treats father contemptuously,
Daughter rises up against her mother,
Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
A R216 man's enemies are the men of his own household.
God Is the Source of Salvation and Light
7 But as for me, I will watch R217 expectantly for the LORD;
I will wait R218 for the God of my salvation.
My God R219 will hear me.
8 Do R220 not rejoice over me, O my R221 enemy.
Though I fall I will rise; R222
Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light R223 for me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He pleads R224 my case and executes justice for me.
He will bring me out to the light, R225
And I will see His righteousness. R226 F56
10 Then my enemy will see,
And shame will cover her who said R227 to me,
"Where is the LORD your God?"
My eyes will look on her;
At F57 that time she will be F58 trampled R228 down
Like mire of the streets.
11 It will be a day for building R229 your walls.
On that day will your boundary be extended.
12 It will be a day when they F59 will come R230 to you
From Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
From Egypt even to the Euphrates, F60
Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.
13 And the earth will become desolate R231 because of her inhabitants,
On account of the fruit R232 of their deeds.
14 Shepherd R233 Your people with Your scepter, R234
The flock of Your possession F61
Which dwells by itself in the woodland,
In the midst of a F62 fruitful field.
Let them feed in Bashan R235 and Gilead
As R236 in the days of old.
15 "As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt,
I will show you R237 F63 miracles."
16 Nations will R238 see and be ashamed
Of all their might.
They will put R239 their hand on their mouth,
Their ears will be deaf.
17 They will lick R240 the dust like a serpent,
Like reptiles R241 of the earth.
They will come trembling R242 out of their fortresses; F64
To the LORD our God they will come in dread R243
And they will be afraid before You.
18 Who is a God like You, who pardons R244 iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant R245 of His possession? F65
He does not retain R246 His anger forever,
Because He delights R247 in unchanging F66 love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
He R248 will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast R249 all their F67 sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give truth R250 F68 to Jacob
And unchanging F69 love to Abraham,
Which You swore R251 to our forefathers
From the days of old.
F53: Lit my soul
F54: Or loyal
F55: Lit openings of your mouth
F56: I.e. right dealing
F57: Lit Now
F58: Lit become a trampled place
F59: Lit he
F60: Lit River
F61: Or inheritance
F62: Or Carmel
F63: Lit him
F64: Lit fastnesses
F65: Or inheritance
F66: Or lovingkindness
F67: Several ancient versions read our
F68: Or faithfulness
F69: Or lovingkindness
R203: Isaiah 24:13
R204: Isaiah 28:4; Hosea 9:10
R205: Isaiah 57:1
R206: Isaiah 59:7; Micah 3:10
R207: Jeremiah 5:26; Hosea 5:1
R208: Proverbs 4:16,17
R209: Amos 5:12; Micah 3:11
R210: Ezekiel 2:6; 28:24
R211: Nahum 1:10
R212: Isaiah 10:3; Hosea 9:7
R213: Isaiah 22:5
R214: Jeremiah 9:4
R215: Matthew 10:21,35; Luke 12:53
R216: Matthew 10:36
R217: Habakkuk 2:1
R218: Psalms 130:5; Isaiah 25:9
R219: Psalms 4:3
R220: Proverbs 24:17; Obadiah 1:1:12
R221: Micah 7:10
R222: Amos 9:11
R223: Isaiah 9:2
R224: Jeremiah 50:34
R225: Psalms 37:6; Isaiah 42:7,16
R226: Isaiah 46:13; 56:1
R227: Joel 2:17
R228: Isaiah 51:23; Zechariah 10:5
R229: Isaiah 54:11; Amos 9:11
R230: Isaiah 19:23-25; 60:4,9
R231: Jeremiah 25:11; Micah 6:13
R232: Isaiah 3:10,11; Micah 3:4
R233: Psalms 95:7; Isaiah 40:11; 49:10; Micah 5:4
R234: Leviticus 27:32; Psalms 23:4
R235: Jeremiah 50:19
R236: Amos 9:11
R237: Exodus 3:20; 34:10; Psalms 78:12
R238: Isaiah 26:11
R239: Micah 3:7
R240: Psalms 72:9; Isaiah 49:23
R241: Deuteronomy 32:24
R242: Psalms 18:45
R243: Isaiah 25:3; 59:19
R244: Exodus 34:7,9; Isaiah 43:25
R245: Micah 2:12; 4:7; 5:7,8
R246: Psalms 103:8,9,13
R247: Jeremiah 32:41
R248: Jeremiah 50:20
R249: Isaiah 38:17; 43:25; Jeremiah 31:34
R250: Genesis 24:27; 32:10
R251: Deuteronomy 7:8,12