If you see the extortion 1 of the poor, or the perversion 2 of justice and fairness in the government, 3 do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, 4 and there are higher ones over them! 5
Surely, no one 1 knows his appointed time! 2 Like fish that are caught in a deadly 3 net, and like birds that are caught in a snare – just like them, all people 4 are ensnared 5 at an unfortunate 6 time that falls upon them suddenly.
Indeed, O Lord, 1 you have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. For diviners from the east are everywhere; 2 they consult omen readers like the Philistines do. 3 Plenty of foreigners are around. 4
My heart cries out because of Moab’s plight, 1 and for the fugitives 2 stretched out 3 as far as Zoar and Eglath Shelishiyah. For they weep as they make their way up the ascent of Luhith; they loudly lament their demise on the road to Horonaim. 4
At that time 1 those who live on this coast 2 will say, ‘Look what has happened to our source of hope to whom we fled for help, expecting to be rescued from the king of Assyria! How can we escape now?’”
‘What right do you have to be here? What relatives do you have buried here? 1 Why 2 do you chisel out a tomb for yourself here? He chisels out his burial site in an elevated place, he carves out his tomb on a cliff.
“Go and tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor 1 David says: “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will add fifteen years to your life,
I will lead the blind along an unfamiliar way; 1 I will guide them down paths they have never traveled. 2 I will turn the darkness in front of them into light, and level out the rough ground. 3 This is what I will do for them. I will not abandon them.
You are tired out from listening to so much advice. 1 Let them take their stand – the ones who see omens in the sky, who gaze at the stars, who make monthly predictions – let them rescue you from the disaster that is about to overtake you! 2
Certainly the Lord will console Zion; he will console all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the Garden of the Lord. Happiness and joy will be restored to 1 her, thanksgiving and the sound of music.
But where are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them save you when you are in trouble. The sad fact is that 1 you have as many gods as you have towns, Judah.