Jeremiah 8

The Sin and Treachery of Judah

1At 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. 2They 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. 4You 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 back
5Why 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.
7Even 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 coming
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.
9The 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?
10Therefore I will v  give their wives to others,
Their fields to
Lit possessing ones
new 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.”’”
14Why 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!
16From 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.
17For 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 versions
My aq  sorrow is beyond healing,
My ar  heart is faint within me!
19Behold, 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?”
20Harvest is past, summer is ended,
And we are not saved.”
21For the aw  brokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken;
I ax  mourn, dismay has taken hold of me.
22Is there no ay  balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
az  Why then has not the
Or healing
health of the daughter of my people
Lit gone up
been restored?

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