Jeremiah 12

Jeremiah’s Prayer

1 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 mouth
to their lips
But far from their
Lit kidneys
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 them
set 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.”

5If 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?
6For 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 Answer

7“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.
8My 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.
9Is 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!
10Many 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 upon
before Me;
The aj  whole land has been made desolate,
Because no man ak  lays it to heart.
12On 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 land
There is ap  no peace for
Lit all flesh
13“They have ar  sown wheat and have reaped thorns,
They have as  strained themselves
Lit they do not profit
to 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. 15And 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. 16Then 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. 17But if they will not listen, then I will bg  uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the  Lord.
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