New American Bible (Revised Edition)
8 And daughter Zion[a] is left
like a hut in a vineyard,
Like a shed in a melon patch,
like a city blockaded.
9 If the Lord of hosts[b] had not
left us a small remnant,
We would have become as Sodom,
would have resembled Gomorrah.(A)
10 [c]Hear the word of the Lord,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!
- 1:8 Daughter Zion: Jerusalem, as isolated as a little hut erected in a field for the shelter of watchmen and laborers.
- 1:9 Lord of hosts: God, who is the Creator and Ruler of the armies of Israel, the angels, stars, etc.
- 1:10–17 A powerful indictment of the religious hypocrisy of rulers and others who neglect just judgment and oppress the weaker members, yet believe they can please God with sacrifices and other external forms of worship. The long list of observances suggests the Lord’s tedium with such attempts. Sodom…Gomorrah: the names are picked up from v. 9, but now to emphasize their wickedness rather than the good fortune of escaping total destruction.