5:1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, [even] a lamentation, O house of Israel.
5:1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:

5:2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; [there is] none to raise her up.
5:2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; She will rise no more. She lies forsaken on her land; There is no one to raise her up.

5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out [by] a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth [by] an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.
5:3 For thus says the Lord GOD: "The city that goes out by a thousand Shall have a hundred left, And that which goes out by a hundred Shall have ten left to the house of Israel."

5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
5:4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: "Seek Me and live;

5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
5:5 But do not seek Bethel, Nor enter Gilgal, Nor pass over to Beersheba; For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, And Bethel shall come to nothing.

5:6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour [it], and [there be] none to quench [it] in Bethel.
5:6 Seek the LORD and live, Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, And devour it, With no one to quench it in Bethel--

5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
5:7 You who turn justice to wormwood, And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!"

5:8 [Seek him] that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is] his name:
5:8 He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.

5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
5:9 He rains ruin upon the strong, So that fury comes upon the fortress.

5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
5:10 They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.

5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading [is] upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
5:11 Therefore, because you tread down the poor And take grain taxes from him, Though you have built houses of hewn stone, Yet you shall not dwell in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, But you shall not drink wine from them.

5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right].
5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.

5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.
5:13 Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.

5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
5:14 Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken.

5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
5:15 Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing [shall be] in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
5:16 Therefore the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, says this: "There shall be wailing in all streets, And they shall say in all the highways, 'Alas! Alas!' They shall call the farmer to mourning, And skillful lamenters to wailing.

5:17 And in all vineyards [shall be] wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.
5:17 In all vineyards there shall be wailing, For I will pass through you," Says the LORD.

5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light.
5:18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light.

5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
5:19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!

5:20 [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
5:20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?

5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
5:21 "I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.

5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
5:22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.

5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
5:23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.

5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
5:24 But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.

5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
5:25 "Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
5:26 You also carried Sikkuth your king And Chiun, your idols, The star of your gods, Which you made for yourselves.

5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name [is] The God of hosts.
5:27 Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus," Says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.