He gave their crops to the grasshopper, the fruit of their labor to the locust.
Will you rely on it because its strength is great? Will you commit 1 your labor to it?
She is harsh 1 with her young, as if they were not hers; she is unconcerned about the uselessness of her labor.
May the creditor seize 1 all he owns! May strangers loot his property! 2
You 1 will eat what you worked so hard to grow. 2 You will be blessed and secure. 3
Is it good for you 1 to oppress, 2 to 3 despise the work of your hands, while 4 you smile 5 on the schemes of the wicked?
As for the produce of your land and all your labor, a people you do not know will consume it, and you will be nothing but oppressed and crushed for the rest of your lives.
Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? 1 Why spend 2 your hard-earned money 3 on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully 4 to me and eat what is nourishing! 5 Enjoy fine food! 6
From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal, has taken away 1 all that our ancestors 2 worked for. It has taken away our flocks and our herds, and even our sons and daughters.
They will treat you with hatred, take away all you have labored for, 1 and leave you naked and bare. Your nakedness will be exposed, just as when you engaged in prostitution and obscene conduct. 2
Ephraim boasts, 1 “I am very rich! I have become wealthy! 2 In all that I have done to gain my wealth, 3 no one can accuse me of any offense 4 that is actually sinful.” 5
If the God of my father – the God of Abraham, the one whom Isaac fears 1 – had not been with me, you would certainly have sent me away empty-handed! But God saw how I was oppressed and how hard I worked, 2 and he rebuked you last night.”
This is what the Lord says: “The profit 1 of Egypt and the revenue 2 of Ethiopia, along with the Sabeans, those tall men, will be brought to you 3 and become yours. They will walk behind you, coming along in chains. 4 They will bow down to you and pray to you: 5 ‘Truly God is with 6 you; he has no peer; 7 there is no other God!’”
I will hand over all the wealth of this city to their enemies. I will hand over to them all the fruits of the labor of the people of this city and all their prized possessions, as well as all the treasures of the kings of Judah. Their enemies will seize it all as plunder 1 and carry it off to Babylon.
Moreover, I have called for a drought that will affect the fields, the hill country, the grain, new wine, fresh olive oil, and everything that grows from the ground; it also will harm people, animals, and everything they produce.’” 1
I also shook out my garment, 1 and I said, “In this way may God shake out from his house and his property every person who does not carry out 2 this matter. In this way may he be shaken out and emptied!” All the assembly replied, “So be it!” and they praised the LORD. Then the people did as they had promised. 3