This closing section is dramatic and magnificent. The prophet summoned Israel and the mountains to hear the controversy of Jehovah with His people. The key-word is "Jehovah . . . will plead."
From that point the address falls into dramatic form. It sets forth the controversy in which Jehovah, the prophet, and the people take part. Jehovah utters a plaintive appeal in which He asks His people what He has done to weary them. In answer, the people inquire how they may appear before Him, in view of the complaint made against them in His appeal. The prophet answers the inquiry, telling them what Jehovah required of them. Immediately the voice of Jehovah is heard crying to the city, and describing its aims, declaring them to be the reason of His visitation. This constitutes a terrible charge against them. The sins of the city's wickedness are in the city, in its treasures of wickedness, and in its false weights and measures. The rich men are rich through oppression, and all the sore and grievous judgments of God are the result of this wickedness.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25