1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, ¶ you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy ¶ and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!"
2 The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: "The time will surely come ¶ when you will be taken away with hooks, ¶ the last of you with fishhooks. [^1]
3 You will each go straight out through breaches in the wall, ¶ and you will be cast out toward Harmon, [^2] " ¶ declares the LORD.
4 "Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more. ¶ Bring your sacrifices every morning, ¶ your tithes every three years. [^3]
5 Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings — ¶ boast about them, you Israelites, ¶ for this is what you love to do," ¶ declares the Sovereign LORD.
6 "I gave you empty stomachs in every city ¶ and lack of bread in every town, ¶ yet you have not returned to me," ¶ declares the LORD.
7 "I also withheld rain from you ¶ when the harvest was still three months away. ¶ I sent rain on one town, ¶ but withheld it from another. ¶ One field had rain; ¶ another had none and dried up.
8 People staggered from town to town for water but did not get enough to drink, ¶ yet you have not returned to me," ¶ declares the LORD.
9 "Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards, ¶ destroying them with blight and mildew. ¶ Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, ¶ yet you have not returned to me," ¶ declares the LORD.
10 "I sent plagues among you ¶ as I did to Egypt. ¶ I killed your young men with the sword, ¶ along with your captured horses. ¶ I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, ¶ yet you have not returned to me," ¶ declares the LORD.
11 "I overthrew some of you ¶ as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. ¶ You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, ¶ yet you have not returned to me," ¶ declares the LORD.
12 "Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, ¶ and because I will do this to you, Israel, ¶ prepare to meet your God."
13 He who forms the mountains, ¶ who creates the wind, ¶ and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, ¶ who turns dawn to darkness, ¶ and treads on the heights of the earth — ¶ the LORD God Almighty is his name.