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Woe to those who dream up wickedness and prepare evil [plans] on their beds! At morning light they accomplish it because the power is in their hands.
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They covet fields and seize them; they also take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.
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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.
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In that day one will take up a taunt against you, and lament mournfully, saying: We are totally ruined! He measures out the allotted land of my people. How He removes [it] from me! He allots our fields to traitors.
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Therefore, there will be no one in the assembly of the LORD to divide the land by casting lots.
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"Stop your preaching," they preach. "They should not preach these things; shame will not overtake us."
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House of Jacob, should it be asked: "Is the Spirit of the LORD impatient? Are these the things He does?" Don't My words bring good to the one who walks uprightly?
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But recently My people have risen up like an enemy: You strip off the splendid robe from those who are passing through confidently, like those returning from war.
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You force the women of My people out of their comfortable homes, and you take My blessing from their children forever.
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Get up and leave, for this is not your place of rest, because defilement brings destruction-- a grievous destruction!
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If a man of spirit comes and invents lies: "I will preach to you about wine and beer," he would be just the preacher for this people!
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I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the middle of its fold. It will be noisy with people.
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One who breaks open [the way] will advance before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and leave by it. Their King will pass through before them, the LORD as their leader.