"What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats."
"When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more; bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation - I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity."
"Your new moons & your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them. When you stretch out your hands I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood"
make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes;
cease to do evil, learn to do good;
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow."
"Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."
"If you are willing & obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse & rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
"Zion shall be redeemed by justice, & those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels & sinners shall be destroyed together, & those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed."
"In the days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it."
"Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made."
"The haughty eyes of people shall be brought low, and the pride of everyone shall be humbled; and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day. For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high"
"For now the Sovereign, the Lord of hosts, is taking away from Jerusalem & from Judah support & staff - all support of bread, & all support of water - warrior & soldier, judge & prophet, diviner & elder, captain of fifty & dignitary, counselor & skillful magician"
"The look on their faces bears witness against them;
they proclaim their sin like Sodom,
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves."
"My people - children are their oppressors & women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you & confuse the course of your paths.
The Lord rises to argue his case, he stands to judge the peoples. The Lord enters into judgement with the elders & princes"
"On that day the branch of the Lord hall be beautiful & glorious, & the fruit of the land shall be the pride & glory of the survivors of Israel. Whoever is left in Zion & remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem"
"once the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion & cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment & by a spirit of burning."
"People are bowed down, everyone is brought low, & the eyes of the haughty are humbled. But the Lord of hosts is exalted by justice, & the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness."
"Ah, you who drag iniquity along with cords of falsehood, who drag sin along as with cart ropes, who say, 'Let him make haste, let him speed his work, that we may see it; let the plan of the Holy One of Israel hasten to fulfillment, that we may know it!'"
"Ah, you who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Ah, you who are wise your own eyes, and shrewd in your own sight!"
"Ah, you who are heroes in drinking wine & valiant at mixing drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe & deprive the innocent of their rights!"
"As the tongue of fire devours the stubble, & as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will become rotten, & their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts, & have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel"
"Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people & he stretched out his hand against them & struck them; the mountains quaked & their corpses were like refuse in the streets. For all this his anger has not turned away & his hand is stretched out still"
"He will raise a signal for a nation far away, & whistle for a people at the ends of the earth; Here they come, swiftly, speedily! None of them is weary, none stumbles, none slumbers or sleeps, not a loincloth is loose, not a sandal-thong broken..."
"...their arrows are sharp, all their bows bend, their horses' hoofs seem like flint, and their wheels like the whirlwind. Their roaring is like a lion, like young lions they roar; they growl and seize their prey, they carry it off, and no one can rescue."