Sin and Treachery4 “You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
a When men fall, do they not rise again?
If one turns away, does he not return?
5 Why then has this people b turned away
in perpetual c backsliding?
d They hold fast to deceit;
they refuse to return.
6 e I have paid attention and listened,
but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
f like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
7 Even the stork in the heavens
knows her times,
and g the turtledove h swallow, and crane ▼
▼ The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
keep the time of their coming,
j but my people know not
the rules ▼
▼ Or just decreesof the Lord.
8 l “How can you say, ‘We are wise,
and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
has made it into a lie.
9 m The wise men shall be put to shame;
they shall be dismayed n and taken;
behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
so what wisdom is in them?
10 o Therefore I will give their wives to others
and their fields to conquerors,
because from the least to the greatest
everyone p is greedy for unjust gain;
from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
11 They have healed q the wound of my people lightly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
when there is no peace.
12 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No r they were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
s Therefore they shall fall among the fallen;
when I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
says the Lord.
13 When I would gather them, declares the Lord,
there are t no grapes on the vine,
u nor figs on the fig tree;
v even the leaves are withered,
and what I gave them has passed away from them.” ▼
▼ The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
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