Jeremiah 12

1Righteous are You, O Lord, that I may make my defense to You: yet I will speak to You of judgments. Why is it that the way of the ungodly prospers? And all that deal very treacherously are flourishing? 2You have planted them, and they have taken root; they have begotten children, and become fruitful; You are near to their mouth, but far from their mind. 3But You, O Lord, know me; You have tested my heart before You; purify them for the day of their slaughter. 4How long shall the land mourn, and the grass of the field wither, because the wickedness of them that dwell in it? The beasts and birds are utterly destroyed, because the people said, God shall not see our ways. 5Your feet run, and they cause you to faint; how will you prepare to ride upon horses? And you have been confident in the land of your peace? How will you do in the roaring of the Jordan? 6For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; and they have cried out, they are gathered together in pursuit of you. Do not trust in them, though they shall speak fair words to you. 7I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage; I have given My beloved one into the hands of her enemies. 8My inheritance has become to Me as a lion in a forest; she has uttered her voice against Me; therefore have I hated her. 9Is not My inheritance to Me like a hyena's cave, or a cave round about her? Go, gather together all the wild beasts of the field, and let them come to devour her. 10Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard, they have defiled My portion, they have made My desirable portion a trackless wilderness. 11It is made a complete ruin: for My sake the whole land has been utterly ruined, because there is none that takes the matter to heart. 12The ravagers have come to every passage in the wilderness: for the sword of the Lord will devour from one end of the land to the other-no flesh has any peace. 13Sow wheat, and reap thorns; their portions shall not profit them. Be ashamed of your boasting, because of your reproach before the Lord. 14For thus says the Lord concerning all the evil neighbors that touch My inheritance, which I have divided to My people Israel: Behold, I will draw them away from their land, and I will cast out Judah from the midst of them. 15And it shall come to pass, after I have cast them out, that I will return and have mercy upon them, and will cause them to dwell everyone in his inheritance, and everyone in his land. 16And it shall be, if they will indeed learn the way of My people, to swear by My name, saying, The Lord lives; as they taught My people to swear by Baal; then shall that nation be built in the midst of My people. 17But if they will not return, then will I cut off that nation with utter ruin and destruction.
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