The Sin and Treachery of Judah1 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “they will a bring out the bones of the kings of Judah and the bones of its princes, and the bones of the priests and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem from their graves. 2 “They will spread them out to the sun, the moon and to all the b host of heaven, which they have loved and which they have served, and which they have gone after and which they have sought, and which they have worshiped. They will not be gathered c or buried; d they will be as dung on the face of the ground. 3 “And e death will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family, that remains in all the f places to which I have driven them,” declares the Lord of hosts. 4 “You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Do men g fall and not get up again?
Does one turn away and not ▼
▼ Lit turn backrepent?
5 “Why then has this people, Jerusalem,
i Turned away in continual apostasy?
They j hold fast to deceit,
They k refuse to return.
6 “I l have listened and heard,
They have spoken what is not right;
m No man repented of his wickedness,
Saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turned to his course,
Like a n horse charging into the battle.
7 “Even the stork in the sky
o Knows her seasons;
And the p turtledove and the swift and the thrush
Observe the time of their ▼
▼ Lit comingmigration;
But r My people do not know
The ordinance of the Lord.
8 s “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 “The wise men are t put to shame,
They are dismayed and caught;
Behold, they have u rejected the word of the Lord,
And what kind of wisdom do they have?
10 “Therefore I will v give their wives to others,
Their fields to ▼
▼ Lit possessing onesnew owners;
Because from the least even to the greatest
Everyone is x greedy for gain;
From the prophet even to the priest
Everyone practices deceit.
11 “They y heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.
12 “Were they z ashamed because of the abomination they had done?
They certainly were not ashamed,
And they did not know how to blush;
Therefore they shall aa fall among those who fall;
At the ab time of their punishment they shall be brought down,”
Says the Lord.
13 “I will ac surely snatch them away,” declares the Lord;
“There will be ad no grapes on the vine
And ae no figs on the fig tree,
And the leaf will wither;
And what I have given them will pass away.”’”
14 Why are we sitting still?
af Assemble yourselves, and let us ag go into the fortified cities
And let us perish there,
Because the Lord our God has doomed us
And given us ah poisoned water to drink,
For ai we have sinned against the Lord.
15 We aj waited for peace, but no good came;
For a time of healing, but behold, terror!
16 From ak Dan is heard the snorting of his horses;
At the sound of the neighing of his al stallions
The whole land quakes;
For they come and am devour the land and its fullness,
The city and its inhabitants.
17 “For behold, I am an sending serpents against you,
Adders, for which there is ao no charm,
And they will bite you,” declares the Lord.
▼ So Gr and versionsMy aq sorrow is beyond healing,
My ar heart is faint within me!
19 Behold, listen! The cry of the daughter of my people from a as distant land:
“Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not within her?”
“Why have they at provoked Me with their graven images, with foreign ▼
▼ Lit vanities, av idols?”
20 “Harvest is past, summer is ended,
And we are not saved.”
21 For the aw brokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken;
I ax mourn, dismay has taken hold of me.
22 Is there no ay balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
az Why then has not the ▼
▼ Or healinghealth of the daughter of my people ▼
▼ Lit gone upbeen restored?
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