Sin and Treachery4 “You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
aWhen men fall, do they not rise again?
If one turns away, does he not return?
5Why then has this people bturned away
in perpetual cbacksliding?
dThey hold fast to deceit;
they refuse to return.
6 eI 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,
flike a horse plunging headlong into battle.
7Even the stork in the heavens
knows her times,
and gthe turtledove hswallow, and crane ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
keep the time of their coming,
jbut 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 mThe wise men shall be put to shame;
they shall be dismayed nand taken;
behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
so what wisdom is in them?
10 oTherefore I will give their wives to others
and their fields to conquerors,
because from the least to the greatest
everyone pis greedy for unjust gain;
from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
11They have healed qthe wound of my people lightly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
when there is no peace.
12Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No rthey were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
sTherefore they shall fall among the fallen;
when I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
says the Lord.
13When I would gather them, declares the Lord,
there are tno grapes on the vine,
unor figs on the fig tree;
veven 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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