Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field until there is no more room and you alone are left in the land.
In my hearing the LORD of Hosts [has taken an oath]: Indeed, many houses will become desolate, grand and lovely ones without inhabitants.
These dogs have fierce appetites; they never have enough. And they are shepherds who have no discernment; all of them turn to their own way, every last one for his own gain.
For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is gaining profit unjustly. From prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.
Therefore, I will give their wives to other men, their fields to new occupants, for from the least to the greatest, everyone is gaining profit unjustly. From prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.
But you have eyes and heart for nothing except your own unjust gain, shedding innocent blood and committing extortion and oppression.
So My people come to you in crowds, sit in front of you, and hear your words, but they don't obey them. Although they express love with their mouths, their hearts pursue unjust gain.
They covet fields and seize them; they also take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.
Therefore, the LORD says: I am now planning a disaster against this nation; you cannot free your necks from it. Then you will not walk so proudly because it will be an evil time.
He then told them, "Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions."
But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints.
And coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.
For know and recognize this: no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.
Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.
In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, [pronounced] long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.
having eyes full of adultery and always looking for sin, seducing unstable people, and with hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for Him.
Yes, You are a God who hides Himself, God of Israel, Savior.
The people did not turn to Him who struck them; they did not seek the LORD of Hosts.
I have struck down your children in vain; they would not accept discipline. Your own sword has devoured your prophets like a ravaging lion.
LORD, don't Your eyes [look for] faithfulness? You have struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They made their faces harder than rock, and they refused to return.
After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing.
Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
He longed to eat his fill from the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him any.
Better what the eyes see than wandering desire. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.