1Woe to you who work godlessness,
2Woe to them who pervert the words of uprightness,
3In those days make ready, ye righteous, to raise your prayers as a memorial,
4In those days the nations shall be stirred up,
5And in those days the destitute shall go forth and carry off their children,
6,7And again I swear to you, ye sinners, that sin is prepared for a day of unceasing bloodshed. And they who worship stones, and grave images of gold and silver and wood [and stone] and clay, and those who worship impure spirits and demons, and all kinds of idols not according to knowledge, shall get no manner of help from them.
8And they shall become godless by reason of the folly of their hearts,
9Through these they shall become godless and fearful;
10But in those days blessed are all they who accept the words of wisdom, and understand them,
11Woe to you who spread evil to your neighbours;
12Woe to you who make deceitful and false measures,
13Woe to you who build your houses through the grievous toil of others,
14Woe to them who reject the measure and eternal heritage of their fathers
15Woe to them who work unrighteousness and help oppression,
16For He shall cast down your glory,
97:1 Woe to them who act impiously, who laud and honour the word of falsehood. You have been lost in perdition; and have never led a virtuous life.
(140) They transgress…the everlasting decree. Or, "they distort the eternal law" (Knibb, p. 232).
97:3 And cause the heads of those who are not sinners to be trodden down upon the earth.
97:4 In those days you, O righteous, shall have been deemed worthy of having your prayers rise up in remembrance; and shall have deposited them in testimony before the angels, that they might records the sins of the sinners in the presence of the Most High.
97:5 In those days the nations shall be overthrown; but the families of the nations shall rise again in the day of perdition.
97:6 In those days they who become pregnant shall go forth, carry off their children, and forsake them. Their offspring shall slip from them, and while suckling them shall they forsake them; they shall never return to them, and never instruct their beloved.
97:7 Again I swear to you, sinners, that crime has been prepared for the day of blood, which never ceases.
97:8 They shall worship stones, and engrave golden, silver, and wooden images. They shall worship impure spirits, demons, and every idol, in temples; but no help shall be obtained for them. Their hearts shall become impious through their folly, and their eyes be blinded with mental superstition. (141) In their visionary dreams shall they be impious and superstitious, lying in all their actions, and worshipping a stone. Altogether shall they perish.
(141) Mental superstition. Literally, "with the fear of their hearts" (Laurence, p. 162).
97:9 But in those days blessed shall they be, to whom the word of wisdom is delivered; who point out and pursue the path of the Most High; who walk in the way of righteousness, and who act not impiously with the impious.
97:10 They shall be saved.
97:11 Woe to you who expand the crime of your neighbour; for in hell shall you be slain.
97:12 Woe to you who lay the foundation of sin and deceit, and who are bitter on earth; for on it shall you be consumed.
97:13 Woe to you who build your houses by the labour of others, every part of which is constructed with brick, and with the stone of crime; I tell you, that you shall not obtain peace.
97:14 Woe to you who despise the extent of the everlasting inheritance of your fathers, while your souls follow after idols; for to you there shall be no tranquillity.
97:15 Woe to them who commit iniquity, and give aid to blasphemy, who slay their neighbour until the day of the great judgment; for your glory shall fall; malevolence shall He put into your hearts, and the spirit of his wrath shall stir [you] up, that every one of you may perish by the sword.
97:16 Then shall all the righteous and the holy remember your crimes.
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