1 Listen now to what the Lord says:"Arise, plead your case before the mountains,and let the hills hear what you have to say.

2 Hear, you mountains, the Lord's controversy,and you enduring foundations of the earth;for the Lord has a controversy with his people,and he will contend with Israel.

3 My people, what have I done to you?How have I burdened you?Answer me!

4 For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,and redeemed you out of the house of bondage.I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

5 My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised,and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim to Gilgal,that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord."

6 How shall I come before the Lord,and bow myself before the exalted God?Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,with calves a year old?

7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams?With tens of thousands of rivers of oil?Shall I give my firstborn for my disobedience?The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has shown you, O man, what is good.What does the Lord require of you, but to act justly,to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

9 The Lord's voice calls to the city,and wisdom sees your name:"Listen to the rod,and he who appointed it.

10 Are there yet treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,and a short ephah that is accursed?

11 Shall I be pure with dishonest scales,and with a bag of deceitful weights?

12 Her rich men are full of violence,her inhabitants speak lies,and their tongue is deceitful in their speech.

13 Therefore I also have struck you with a grievous wound.I have made you desolate because of your sins.

14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied.Your humiliation will be in your midst.You will store up, but not save;and that which you save I will give up to the sword.

15 You will sow, but won't reap.You will tread the olives, but won't anoint yourself with oil;and crush grapes, but won't drink the wine.

16 For the statutes of Omri are kept,and all the works of the house of Ahab.You walk in their counsels,that I may make you a ruin,and her inhabitants a hissing;And you will bear the reproach of my people."