Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.

Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.

The above is speaking the true meaning of antichrist. The verse is Isaiah 8:9, and comes immediately after the statement “O Immanuel,” meaning God is with us. This statement is the LORD announcing His presence, manifested in His word spoken from within Isaiah’s flesh body, which is the anointing eventually fully understood by/in Christ.

The Greek word anti means opposite (to oppose) or instead of, which we see in the above passage, when God appears in flesh man (O Immanuel), and instead God’s people choose to follow, associate themselves with, men (flesh without the Spirit, inspired by the spirit of error/man) whose natural inclination is to opposing Him at His appearing.

1 John 2

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.20 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.21 I have not written unto you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.22 Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus (Jehovah’s Salvation personified in our flesh) is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.23 Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: he that acknowledges the Son has the Father also.24 Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.25 And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.27 But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him.

1 John 4

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.6 We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

This hearing the LORD speaking from the flesh is what produces the resurrection, and evidences life (the quickening) from the dead. Until this word is heard as the word of God (which it is in truth), you have not received the LORD at His coming (His appearing and His kingdom).

John 5

19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Truly, truly, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things so-ever he does, these also does the Son likewise.20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.21 For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; even so the Son quickens whom he will.22 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him.24 Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.25 Truly, truly, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;27 And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.32 There is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true.33 You sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved.35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me.37 And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.38 And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not.39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life.41 I receive not honor from men.42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.43 I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust.46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me; for he wrote of me.47 But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?

The LORD, above, is referring to what is written in Deuteronomy 31, where Moses speaks of this time when the LORD (Jehovah) and Joshua (Jesus – Jehovah’s Salvation personified) goes before God’s people. Read this chapter as it is, God speaking to us today, of this moment of (the realization of) Immanuel.

Deuteronomy 31

1 And Moses went and spoke these words unto all Israel.2 And he said unto them, I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD has said unto me, You shall not go over this Jordan.3 The LORD your God, he will go over before you, and he will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall possess them: and Joshua [Jesus – what the LORD refers to above – when Moses writes of Him], he shall go over before you, as the LORD has said.4 And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og [these represent the last of the warrior giants – referring to seeing men as giants and therefore not trusting in God to conquer them, and prove them but small men in comparison to Him – it represents the thinking that kept Israel wandering in the wilderness for forty years], kings of the Amorites [those who continually run their mouths in opposition to God, and exalt themselves above Him], and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.5 And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that you may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for you must go with this people unto the land which the LORD has sworn unto their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it.8 And the LORD, he it is that does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel.10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.12 Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and your stranger that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land whither you go over Jordan to possess it.14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, your days approach that you must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.15 And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.19 Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I swore unto their fathers, that flowes with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore unto them: and I will be with you.24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against you.27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?28 Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them.29 For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.30 And Moses spoke in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.

I plainly tell you, Moses is speaking of this time, when God, who has never left us, manifests His presence (in me, and in the children God has given me), by His work and works.

Isaiah 8

5 The LORD spoke also unto me again, saying,6 Forasmuch as this people refuse the waters of Shiloah that go softly [this word of God that flows under Zion, as its foundational teaching], and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son [they put their trust in the false image of God they have created];7 Now therefore, behold, the LORD brings up upon them the waters of the river [their own words], strong and many, even the king of Assyria [the steps by which they have exalted themselves], and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: [Their words have covered the world in darkness, and produce total confusion {ignorance} and desolation – every person thinking they know something, and trusting in their own opinions – thinking they are valuable. I beheld the world and it is now truly without form {confused} and void {of properly placed values}.] 8 And he shall pass through Judah [this condition now infects and make ineffectual all those in leadership positions]; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck [as if a body that stops at the neck –rejecting its head/leadership]; and the stretching out of his wings [of his abominations that cause desolation – below defined as the advice of this world’s self-proclaimed experts] shall fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel [it is into this void God appears].9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,12 Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides his face [present, but hidden in the blindness of ignorance taught by these same experts] from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? [Should His people be looking] for the living to the dead?20 [Or] To the law and to the testimony[?]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God [as they do this day, blindly by the same ignorance], and look upward.22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness [ignorance], dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness [by those leading them, into even greater ignorance].

Friends, I tell you the truth, the men broadcasting, preaching and teaching, are the antithesis of Christ. They have the false anointing that causes them to continually bark their own words. They must be silenced (by no longer listening to them) because they will never be tamed.

James 3

1 My brethren, be not many masters [teachers], knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor lists.5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed of mankind:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

James 5

1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the LORD of Sabaoth [Hosts – the armies of heaven] .5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.6 You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the LORD. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.8 Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the LORD draws nigh.9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest you be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the LORD, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the LORD; that the LORD is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest you fall into condemnation.13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the LORD:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the LORD shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.17 Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;20 Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

James’ reference to Elijah is referring us to 1 Kings 18, where the LORD tells Elijah to show himself to Ahab (one of the false kings of Israel, who worshipped Baal) and He would send rain upon the earth. Later in the chapter, when the rain cloud final appears, it is in the form of a man’s hand, which builds into the storm from where comes a great rain.

1 Kings 18

1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.2 And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.3 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took a hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Are you that my LORD Elijah?8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.9 And he said, What have I sinned, that you would deliver your servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?10 As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord has not sent to seek you: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found you not.11 And now you say, Go, tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry you whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find you, he shall slay me: but I your servant fears the LORD from my youth.13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred men of the LORD’s prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?14 And now you say, Go, tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to day.16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

What follows is Elijah’s confronting the false prophets who are worshipping Baal, which is to turn God’s people back from following them, and away from idols and again to the LORD.

1 Kings 18

37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that you are the LORD God, and that you have turned their heart back again.38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get you up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there arises a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare your chariot, and get you down that the rain stop you not.45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

The above is pointing us to the book of Obadiah, who (in the context of our recent discussions) is speaking against Edom, and telling of the border (boundary – end of wickedness). Elijah coming to show himself to the false kings and to confronting the false prophets, to turn God’s people again to Him, are in the context of his mention in Malachi 4, saying, “5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Malachi 4 1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.3 And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the LORD of hosts.4 Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Obadiah

1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the LORD God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumor from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise you, and let us rise up against her in battle.2 Behold, I have made you small among the heathen: you are greatly despised.3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you that dwells [try to hide themselves – see the prior post] in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that says in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, thence will I bring you down, says the LORD.5 If thieves came to you, if robbers by night, (how are you cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grape-gatherers came to you, would they not leave some grapes?6 How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!7 All the men of your confederacy have brought you even to the border [the end of your wickedness]: the men that were at peace with you have deceived you, and prevailed against you; they that eat your bread have laid a wound under you: there is none understanding in him.8 Shall I not in that day, says the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?9 And your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.10 For your violence against your brother Jacob shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off for ever.11 In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even you were as one of them.12 But you should not have looked on the day of your brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither should you have spoken proudly in the day of distress.13 You should not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, you should not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;14 Neither should you have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither should you have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as you have done, it shall be done unto you: your reward shall return upon your own head.16 For as you have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD has spoken it.19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.21 And saviors [I and the children God has given me] shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.

Psalms 50

1 The mighty God, even the LORD, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined.3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, even your God.8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.9 I will take no bullock out of your house, nor he goats out of your folds.10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay your vows unto the Most High:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.16 But unto the wicked God says, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.18 When you saw a thief, then you consented with him, and have been partaker with adulterers.19 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit.20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.21 These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was altogether such an one as yourself: but I will reprove you, and set them in order before your eyes.22 Now consider this, you that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.23 Whoso offers praise glorifies me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.