1 Do but hear now what the Lord saith, Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
2 Hear ye, O mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and ye strong foundations of the earth! for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and with Israel will he plead.
3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherewith have I wearied thee? testify against me.
4 Although I had brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of bondmen; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, do but remember what Balak the king of Moab resolved, and what Bilam the son of Beor answered him, from Shittim unto Gilgal, in order that ye may know the gracious benefits of the Lord.
6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, bow myself before the God on high? shall I come before him with burntofferings, with calves of a year old!
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with myriads of streams of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He hath told thee, O man, what is good; and what the Lord doth require of thee: nothing but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God.
9 The voice of the Lord calleth unto the city,and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:hear ye the rod of punishment, and who hath ordained it.
10 Are there yet in the house of the wicked man the treasures of wickedness, and the scant accursed measure?
11 Can I be pure with wicked balances, and with a bag full of deceptive weights?
12 For her rich men are full of violence, and her inhabitants have spoken falsehood, and their tongue is deceit itself in their mouth.
13 Therefore have I also smitten thee with sore wounds, making thee desolate because of thy sins.
14 Thou wilt indeed eat, but not be satisfied; and what thou hast eaten shall bend thee down; and thou wilt overtake the enemy, but thou shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.
15 Thou wilt indeed sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou wilt indeed tread out olives, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with oil; and the juice of the grapes, but thou shalt not drink wine.
16 For there are observed the statutes of Omri, and all the works of the house of Achab, and ye walk in their counsels: in order that I should give thee up unto desolation, and thy inhabitants to derision; and ye shall bear the reproach of my people.