The father of your nation 1 sinned; your spokesmen 2 rebelled against me.
Forgive all the rebellious acts of your sinful people and cause their captors to have mercy on them. 1
Listen, O heavens, pay attention, O earth! 1 For the Lord speaks: “I raised children, 2 I brought them up, 3 but 4 they have rebelled 5 against me!
I will purify them from all the sin that they committed against me. I will forgive all their sins which they committed in rebelling against me. 1
Woe to them! For they have fled from me! Destruction to them! For they have rebelled against me! I want to deliver 1 them, but they have lied to me.
Sound the alarm! 1 An eagle 2 looms over the temple of the Lord! For they have broken their covenant with me, 3 and have rebelled against my law.
But I 1 am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives, and have a strong commitment to justice. 2 This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion, and Israel with its sin. 3
Your priests 1 did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ 2 Those responsible for teaching my law 3 did not really know me. 4 Your rulers rebelled against me. Your prophets prophesied in the name of the god Baal. 5 They all worshiped idols that could not help them. 6
He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the house 1 of Israel, to rebellious nations 2 who have rebelled against me; both they and their fathers have revolted 3 against me to this very day.
“And you, son of man, say to your people, 1 ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him if he rebels. 2 As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. 3 The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness 4 if he sins.’ 5