Jeremiah 5

Jerusalem’s Godlessness

1 a  Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
And look now and take note.
And seek in her open squares,
If you can b  find a man,
c  If there is one who does justice, who seeks
Lit faithfulness
truth,
Then I will pardon her.
2“And e  although they say, ‘As the  Lord lives,’
Surely they swear falsely.”
3O  Lord, do not f  Your eyes look for
Lit faithfulness
truth?
You have h  smitten them,
But they did not
Or become sick
weaken;
You have consumed them,
But they j  refused to take correction.
They have k  made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent.

4Then I said, “They are only the poor,
They are foolish;
For they l  do not know the way of the  Lord
Or the ordinance of their God.
5I will go to the great
And will speak to them,
For m  they know the way of the  Lord
And the ordinance of their God.”
But they too, with one accord, have n  broken the yoke
And burst the bonds.
6Therefore o  a lion from the forest will slay them,
A p  wolf of the deserts will destroy them,
A q  leopard is watching their cities.
Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces,
Because their r  transgressions are many,
Their apostasies are numerous.

7Why should I pardon you?
Your sons have forsaken Me
And s  sworn by those who are t  not gods.
When I had fed them to the full,
They u  committed adultery
And trooped to the harlot’s house.
8They were well-fed lusty horses,
Each one neighing after his v  neighbor’s wife.
9Shall I not punish
Or for these things
these people,” declares the  Lord,
And on a nation such as this
x  Shall I not avenge Myself?

10Go up through her vine rows and destroy,
But do not execute a complete destruction;
Strip away her branches,
For they are not the  Lord’s.
11“For the y  house of Israel and the house of Judah
Have dealt very treacherously with Me,” declares the  Lord.
12They have z  lied about the  Lord
And said
Lit He is not
,
ab  “Not He;
Misfortune will ac  not come on us,
And we ad  will not see sword or famine.
13“The ae  prophets are as wind,
And the word is not in them.
Thus it will be done to them!”

Judgment Proclaimed

14Therefore, thus says the  Lord, the God of hosts,
Because you have spoken this word,
Behold, I am af  making My words in your mouth fire
And this people wood, and it will consume them.
15Behold, I am ag  bringing a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,” declares the  Lord.
It is an enduring nation,
It is an ancient nation,
A nation whose ah  language you do not know,
Nor can you understand what they say.
16“Their ai  quiver is like an aj  open grave,
All of them are mighty men.
17“They will ak  devour your harvest and your food;
They will devour your sons and your daughters;
They will devour your flocks and your herds;
They will devour your al  vines and your fig trees;
They will demolish with the sword your am  fortified cities in which you trust.

18Yet even in those days,” declares the  Lord, “I will not make you a complete destruction. 19It shall come about an  when
Or you
they say, ‘Why has the  Lord our God done all these things to us?’ then you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you will ap  serve strangers in a land that is not yours.’
20Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
21Now hear this, O foolish and
Lit without heart
senseless people,
Who have ar  eyes but do not see;
Who have ears but do not hear.
22‘Do you not as  fear Me?’ declares the  Lord.
Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have at  placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it.
Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.
23But this people has a au  stubborn and rebellious heart;
They have turned aside and departed.
24They do not say in their heart,
Let us now fear the  Lord our God,
Who av  gives rain in its season,
Both aw  the autumn rain and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The ax  appointed weeks of the harvest.”
25‘Your ay  iniquities have turned these away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.
26For wicked men are found among My people,
They az  watch like fowlers
Perhaps, crouching down
lying in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch men.
27Like a cage full of birds,
So their houses are full of bb  deceit;
Therefore they have become great and rich.
28‘They are bc  fat, they are sleek,
They also
Lit pass over, or, overlook deeds
excel in deeds of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the
Or fatherless
,
bf  orphan, that they may prosper;
And they do not
Lit judge
defend the rights of the poor.
29bh  Shall I not punish
Or for these things
these people?’ declares the  Lord,
On a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?’

30An appalling and bj  horrible thing
Has happened in the land:
31The bk  prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule
Lit over their own hands
on their own authority;
And My people bm  love it so!
But what will you do at the end of it?

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