1 Hear what the
Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the
hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, you mountains,
the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the
earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will
contend with Israel.
3 ‘O my
people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer
4 For I brought
you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of
slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people,
remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of
Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that
you may know the saving acts of the Lord.’
‘With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before
God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with
calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord
be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers
of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit
of my body for the sin of my soul?’
8 He has told
you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with