The last of the major sections of the book begins with a number of judgment oracles reaffirming that Israel's economic life is oppressive (8:4-6) and so unacceptable to God (8:7-10), and that since Israel is unresponsive God will finally stop sending messengers with warnings and reject them totally (8:11-14). The section concludes with the final and strongest of the visions. Which presents God, in the temple, as the implacable destroyer (9:1-4).
This might seem the conclusion of the book, and if it were the tone would be of (almost) unrelieved gloom and doom. In fact after a final ambivalent hymn of praise, the book concludes with a more nuanced section...
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