6:1 Hear ye now what the Lord saith: Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
6:2 Hear, O ye mountains, the Lord'S controversy, and ye enduring rocks, the foundations of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with His people, and He will plead with Israel.
6:3 O My people, what have I done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against Me.
6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage, and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
6:5 O My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him; from Shittim unto Gilgal, that ye may know the righteous acts of the Lord.
6:6 'Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old?
6:7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?'
6:8 It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.
6:9 Hark! the Lord crieth unto the city--and it is wisdom to have regard for Thy name--hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
6:11 'Shall I be pure with wicked balances, and with a bag of deceitful weights?'
6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
6:13 Therefore I also do smite thee with a grievous wound; I do make thee desolate because of thy sins.
6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy sickness shall be in thine inward parts; and thou shalt conceive, but shalt not bring forth; and whomsoever thou bringest forth will I give up to the sword.
6:15 Thou shalt sow, but shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but shalt not anoint thee with oil; and the vintage, but shalt not drink wine.
6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I may make thee an astonishment, and the inhabitants thereof a hissing; and ye shall bear the reproach of My people.