Jeremiah 8

1“At that time, declares the Lord, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs. 2And they shall be spread abefore the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have gone after, and which they have sought and worshiped. bAnd they shall not be gathered or buried. cThey shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. 3 dDeath shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family ein all the places where I have driven them, declares the Lord of hosts.

Sin and Treachery

4 “You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
fWhen men fall, do they not rise again?
If one turns away, does he not return?
5Why then has this people gturned away
in perpetual hbacksliding?
iThey hold fast to deceit;
they refuse to return.
6 jI 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,
klike a horse plunging headlong into battle.
7Even the stork in the heavens
knows her times,
and lthe turtledove, mswallow, and crane
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

keep the time of their coming,
obut my people know not
the rules
Or just decrees
of the Lord.
8 qHow 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 rThe wise men shall be put to shame;
they shall be dismayed sand taken;
behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
so what wisdom is in them?
10 tTherefore I will give their wives to others
and their fields to conquerors,
because from the least to the greatest
everyone uis greedy for unjust gain;
from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
11They have healed vthe wound of my people lightly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
when there is no peace.
12Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No, wthey were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
xTherefore 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 yno grapes on the vine,
znor figs on the fig tree;
aaeven the leaves are withered,
and what I gave them has passed away from them.”
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

14 Why do we sit still?
acGather together; adlet us go into the fortified cities
and perish there,
for the Lord our God has doomed us to perish
and has aegiven us afpoisoned water to drink,
because we have sinned against the Lord.
15 agWe looked for peace, but no good came;
for a time of healing, but behold, terror.
16 ah“The snorting of their horses is heard aifrom Dan;
at the sound of the neighing ajof their stallions
akthe whole land quakes.
They come aland devour the land and all that fills it,
the city and those who dwell in it.
17For behold, I am sending among you amserpents,
adders anthat cannot be charmed,
aoand they shall bite you,”

declares the Lord.

Jeremiah Grieves for His People

18 My joy is gone; grief is upon me;
Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

aqmy heart is sick within me.
19Behold, the cry of the daughter of my people
from arthe length and breadth of the land:
“Is the Lord not in Zion?
asIs her King not in her?”
at“Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images
and with their foreign idols?”
20“The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
and we are not saved.”
21For the wound of authe daughter of my people is my heart wounded;
avI mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me.
22 Is there no awbalm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of the daughter of my people
not been restored?
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