Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
But the wicked are like the storm-tossed sea, for it cannot be still, and its waters churn up mire and muck.
Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things should not be this way.
Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?
Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine [produce] figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.
For whenever I speak, I cry out-- I proclaim: Violence and destruction! because the word of the LORD has become for me constant disgrace and derision.
Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city;
day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it;
destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.
Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness; none of them [will remain]: none of their multitude, none of their wealth, and none of the eminent among them.
Forge the chain, for the land is filled with crimes of bloodshed, and the city is filled with violence.
You are to say: This is what the Lord God says: A city that sheds blood within her [walls] so that her time of judgment has come and who makes idols for herself so that she is defiled!
You are guilty of the blood you have shed, and you are defiled from the idols you have made. You have brought your [judgment] days near and have come to your years [of punishment]. Therefore, I have made you a disgrace to the nations and a mockery to all the lands.
Those who are near and those far away from you will mock you, you infamous one full of turmoil.
"Look, every prince of Israel within you has used his strength to shed blood.
Father and mother are treated with contempt, and the foreign resident is exploited within you. The fatherless and widow are oppressed in you.
You despise My holy things and profane My Sabbaths.
There are men within you who slander in order to shed blood. People who [live] in you eat at the mountain [shrines]; they commit immoral acts within you.
Men within you have sexual intercourse with [their] father's wife, and violate women during their menstrual impurity.
One man within you commits an abomination with his neighbor's wife; another wickedly defiles his daughter-in-law; and [yet] another violates his sister, his father's daughter.
People who [live] in you accept bribes in order to shed blood. You take interest and profit [on a loan] and brutally extort your neighbors. You have forgotten Me." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
For the blood she shed is in her midst. She put it out on the bare rock; she didn't pour it on the ground to cover it with dust.
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.
They covet fields and seize them; they also take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.
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.
You force the women of My people out of their comfortable homes, and you take My blessing from their children forever.
Get up and leave, for this is not your place of rest, because defilement brings destruction-- a grievous destruction!
Then I said: "Now listen, leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Aren't you supposed to know what is just?
You hate good and love evil. You tear off the skin of people and [strip] their flesh from their bones.
You eat the flesh of my people after you strip their skin from them and break their bones. You chop them up like flesh for the cooking pot, like meat in a caldron."
Listen to this, leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert everything that is right,
who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with injustice.
Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe, her priests teach for payment, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean on the Lord, saying, "Isn't the LORD among us? No calamity will overtake us."
Therefore, because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become ruins, and the hill of the temple mount will be a thicket.
Godly people have vanished from the land; there is no one upright among the people. All of them wait in ambush to shed blood; they hunt each other with a net.
Both hands are good at accomplishing evil: the official and the judge demand a bribe; when the powerful man communicates his evil desire, they plot it together.