- Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
- "Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up."
- This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "The city that marches out a thousand strong for Israel will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left."
- This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live;
- do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing. "