For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins.
You afflict the just and take bribes; You divert the poor from justice at the gate .
Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.
Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the Lord God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken.
Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the Lord God of hosts, the Lord, says this: “There shall be wailing in all the streets, And they shall say in all the highways, Alas! Alas! They shall call the farmer to mourning, and skillful lamenters to wailing.
In all vineyards there shall be wailing, For I will pass through you,” says the Lord.
‘Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For what good is the day of the Lord to you?
It will be darkness and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion. And a bear met him.
Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him. Is not the day of the Lord darkness not light? Is it not very dark with no brightness in it?
“Do not think that I came to destroy the law and the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
” For assuredly, I say to you till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
” For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.