1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and plan wickedness upon their beds! (Lying awake all night thinking of ways to rip people off) when the morning is light, they practice it, because it exists in the power of their hand. (Heb idiom. Ref. Gen. 31:29. Cp. Prov. 3:27. Neh. 5:5)
2 And they covet fields (ref. Lev. 6:4. Deut. 5:2), and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress (repossess) a human being and his house (ref. Lev. 19:13), even a man and his heritage. (Don't be like Esau.)
3 Therefore thus says the LORD; "Behold, against this family (cp. Amos 3:1) do I devise an calamity (the contrast to v.1), from which you shall not remove your necks (the hijacker has his day coming); neither shall you go haughtily: for this time is calamity. (Learn how to get yourself out of usury.)
4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you (Ref. Num. 23:7,18; 24:3,15,20,23. Twice in Job 27:1; 29:1.; once in Isa. 14:4; once in Habakkuk 2:6), and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say,' We be utterly spoiled: he has changed [for the worse] the portion of my People: how has he removed it from me! to a heathen (i.e. our enemy the Assyrian) he has divided our fields.' (The American farmers are still making it with all the problems.)
5 Therefore you shall have none that shall divide you inheritance (ref. Num. 26:55,56) in the assembly of the LORD." (Cp. Deut. 23:1-3,8)
6 "Do not sputter," so they sputter: (It takes you forever to teach God's word, they will never get it done.)
they (i.e. these false prophets) shall not prophesy as to these things (i.e. these doings of Yehovah), [saying], must He put away these suppressors.
7 O you that are named the house of Jacob (see Gen. 32:28; 43:6; 45:26,28), is the Spirit of the LORD straitened? (ref. Num. 11:23) are these His doings? do not My words pleasant to him that walks uprightly? (Your Father will bring blessings upon you and your family.)
8 Only yesterday (or recently: this highway robbery was a new and recent evil) My people is risen up as an enemy: you pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war. (They have no conscience of ripping you off.)
9 The women of My people have you cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have you taken away My glory for ever. (I.e. not to be restored for the rest of their lives. Inheritance gone.)
10 Arise you, and depart; for this [land] is not your rest: because it is polluted (ref. Lev. 18:27,28), it shall destroy you (i.e. antichrist), even with a sore destruction. (Ref. Lev. 18:28; 20:22; 26:38. Cp. Ezek. 36:12-14.)
11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, 'I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink (liqueur, become drunk);' he shall even be the sputterer (as in v.6) of this people.
12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel (Gen. 32:28; 43:6; 45:26,28); I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah (cp. Isa. 34:6. Amos 1:12), as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall be in commotion by reason of the multitude of human beings. (Because of happiness.)
13 One making a breach (the Assyrian. Heb. paratz, as in Ex. 19:22,24. 2 Sam. 5:20. 1 Chron. 14:11; 15:13. Generally in a bad sense) is come up before them: they have broken in, and have passed through the gate (see Isa. 14. Caucuses Mountains, that's we are called Caucasians), and are gone out by it: and their king has passed through before them, and the LORD at the head of them." (For it is Yahaveh's judgment. Cp. 1:2-4. See Joel.)