Jeremiah’s Prayer1 a Righteous are You, O Lord, that I would plead my case with You;
Indeed I would b discuss matters of justice with You:
Why has the c way of the wicked prospered?
Why are all those who d deal in treachery at ease?
2You have e planted them, they have also taken root;
They grow, they have even produced fruit.
You are f near ▼
▼ Lit in their mouthto their lips
But far from their ▼
▼ Lit kidneysmind.
3But You i know me, O Lord;
You see me;
And You j examine my heart’s attitude toward You.
Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter
▼ Lit sanctify themset them apart for a l day of carnage!
4How long is the m land to mourn
And the n vegetation of the countryside to wither?
For the o wickedness of those who dwell in it,
p Animals and birds have been snatched away,
Because men have said, “He will not see our latter q ending.”
5“If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,
Then how can you compete with horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace,
How will you do in the ▼
▼ Lit pride, s thicket of the Jordan?
6“For even your t brothers and the household of your father,
Even they have dealt treacherously with you,
Even they have cried aloud after you.
Do not believe them, although they may say u nice things to you.”
God’s Answer7“I have v forsaken My house,
I have abandoned My inheritance;
I have given the w beloved of My soul
Into the hand of her enemies.
8“My inheritance has become to Me
Like a lion in the forest;
She has ▼
▼ Lit raised her voice, y roared against Me;
Therefore I have come to z hate her.
9“Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me?
Are the aa birds of prey against her on every side?
Go, gather all the ab beasts of the field,
Bring them to devour!
10“Many ac shepherds have ruined My ad vineyard,
They have ae trampled down My field;
They have made My af pleasant field
A desolate wilderness.
▼ Lit One has made it“It has been made a desolation,
Desolate, it ah mourns ▼
▼ Or uponbefore Me;
The aj whole land has been made desolate,
Because no man ak lays it to heart.
12“On all the ▼
▼ Or caravan trails, am bare heights in the wilderness
Destroyers have come,
For a an sword of the Lord is devouring
From one end of the land even to the ▼
▼ Lit other end of the landother;
There is ap no peace for ▼
▼ Lit all fleshanyone.
13“They have ar sown wheat and have reaped thorns,
They have as strained themselves ▼
▼ Lit they do not profitto no profit.
But be ashamed of your ▼
▼ Lit products, av harvest
Because of the aw fierce anger of the Lord.”
14Thus says the Lord concerning all My ax wicked neighbors who ay strike at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, “Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will az uproot the house of Judah from among them. 15“And it will come about that after I have uprooted them, I will ba again have compassion on them; and I will bb bring them back, each one to his inheritance and each one to his land. 16“Then if they will really bc learn the ways of My people, to bd swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught My people to be swear by Baal, they will be bf built up in the midst of My people. 17“But if they will not listen, then I will bg uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.
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