Punishment for Those Who Abuse Their Power 2 1Doomed! You're doomed! At night you lie in bed, making evil plans. And when morning comes, you do what you've planned because you have the power. 2You grab any field or house that you want; you cheat families out of homes and land. 3But here is what the LORD says: “I am planning trouble for you. Your necks will be caught in a noose, and you will be disgraced in this time of disaster.” 4When that happens, this sorrowful song will be sung about you: “Ruined! Completely ruined! The LORD has taken our land and given it to traitors.”[U] 5And so you will never again own property among the LORD's people. 6“Enough of your preaching!” That's what you tell me. “We won't be disgraced, so stop preaching!” 7Descendants of Jacob, is it right for you to claim that the LORD did what he did because he was angry? Doesn't he always bless those who do right? 8My people, you have turned against one another! You have even stolen clothes right off the backs of innocent neighbors who pass by in peace.[V] 9You take over lovely homes that belong to the women of my nation. Then you cheat their children out of the inheritance that comes from the LORD.[W] 10Get out of here, you crooks! You'll find no rest here. You're not fit to belong to the LORD's people, and you will be destroyed.[X] 11The only prophet you want is a liar who will say, “Drink and get drunk!” A Promise of Hope 12I, the LORD, promise to bring together the people of Israel who have survived. I will gather them, just as a shepherd brings sheep together, and there will be many. 13I will break down the gate and lead them out— then I will be their king.
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