18 You look forward to the day when the Lord comes to
judge. But you are in for trouble! It won’t be a time of sunshine;
all will be darkness.
19 You will run
from a lion, only to meet a bear. You will escape to your house,
rest your hand on the wall, and be bitten by a snake.
20 The day when
the Lord judges will be dark, very dark, without a ray of light.
21 I, the Lord,
hate and despise your religious celebrations and your times of worship.
22 I won’t
accept your offerings or animal sacrifices -- not even your very
23 No more of
your noisy songs! I won’t listen when you play your harps.
24 But let justice
and fairness flow like a river that never runs dry.