A (3:5) Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek Yahweh their God, and David their king; and shall fear Yahweh and his goodness in the latter DAYS.
B (5:1) Hear the word of Yahweh, ye children of Israel: for Yahweh hath a controversy with THE INHABITANTS <03427>
C (5:1) OF THE LAND,
D (5:1) because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
C′ (5:2, 3) By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall THE LAND mourn,
B′ (5:3) and EVERY ONE THAT DWELLETH <03427> therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
A′ (4, 5) Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. Therefore shalt thou fall IN THE DAY, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.