Thus says the Lord of Hosts:
"Woe to those who make unjust laws and to those who issue oppressive decrees. Who deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of My People. Making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.
What will you do on the Day of Reckoning when disaster comes from far? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory? Without Me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain.
The righteous are taken away from calamity and enter into peace;
they rest in their beds those who walk in their uprightness.
But you, draw near, children of sorcery, offspring of the adulterous and wicked.
Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit, you who burn with lust under every green tree,
who slaughter your children in the valleys and under rocks?
Whom did you dread and fear, so that you lied, and did not remember the Lord Most High, and did not lay it to heart. Has not the Almighty God held His peace, even for a long time, so that now you do not fear Him? When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them all off, a breath will take them away!
But those who take refuge in the Lord Most High shall possess the land and shall inherit His Holy mountain. It shall be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from the Lord's people's way."
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and Holy place, and also with those who are of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near, says the Lord, and I will heal them".
But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet,
and its waters doss up mire and dirt.
"There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."