1 Listen to what the LORD says: ¶ "Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; ¶ let the hills hear what you have to say.
2 "Hear, you mountains, the LORD's accusation; ¶ listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. ¶ For the LORD has a case against his people; ¶ he is lodging a charge against Israel.
3 "My people, what have I done to you? ¶ How have I burdened you? Answer me.
4 I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. ¶ I sent Moses to lead you, ¶ also Aaron and Miriam.
5 My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted ¶ and what Balaam son of Beor answered. ¶ Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, ¶ that you may know the righteous acts of the LORD."
6 With what shall I come before the LORD ¶ and bow down 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 ten thousand rivers of olive oil? ¶ Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, ¶ the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? ¶ To act justly and to love mercy ¶ and to walk humbly [^1] with your God.
9 Listen! The LORD is calling to the city — ¶ and to fear your name is wisdom — ¶ "Heed the rod and the One who appointed it. [^2]
10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house, and the short ephah, [^3] which is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?
12 Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars ¶ and their tongues speak deceitfully.
13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin [^4] you because of your sins.
14 You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. [^5] You will store up but save nothing, ¶ because what you save [^6] I will give to the sword.
15 You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil, ¶ you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
16 You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab's house; ¶ you have followed their traditions. ¶ Therefore I will give you over to ruin ¶ and your people to derision; ¶ you will bear the scorn of the nations. [^7] "