The ox knows(A) its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,(B)
but Israel does not know,(C)
    my people do not understand.(D)

Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,(E)
a brood of evildoers,(F)
    children given to corruption!(G)
They have forsaken(H) the Lord;
    they have spurned the Holy One(I) of Israel
    and turned their backs(J) on him.

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Why then have these people turned away?
    Why does Jerusalem always turn away?
They cling to deceit;(A)
    they refuse to return.(B)
I have listened(C) attentively,
    but they do not say what is right.
None of them repent(D) of their wickedness,
    saying, “What have I done?”
Each pursues their own course(E)
    like a horse charging into battle.
Even the stork in the sky
    knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
    observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know(F)
    the requirements of the Lord.

“‘How can you say, “We are wise,
    for we have the law(G) of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
    has handled it falsely?
The wise(H) will be put to shame;
    they will be dismayed(I) and trapped.(J)
Since they have rejected the word(K) of the Lord,
    what kind of wisdom(L) do they have?
10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men
    and their fields to new owners.(M)
From the least to the greatest,
    all are greedy for gain;(N)
prophets(O) and priests alike,
    all practice deceit.(P)

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