Jeremiah 5:20–8:22

20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, 21 Hear now this, O bcfoolish people, and without dunderstanding; cwhich have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: 22 ddFear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the ebound of the sea by a perpetual eedecree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof ftoss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though ffthey roar, yet can they not pass over it? 23 But this people hath ga revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. 24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, ggthat giveth rain, both hthe former and ithe latter, in his season: khe reserveth unto us lthe appointed weeks of the harvest. 25 Your iniquities have turned away mthese things, and your sins have withholden mgood things from you. 26 For among my people are found wicked men: ||nthey lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a ||cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28 oThey are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: pthey judge not the cause, the cause of pthe fatherless, qyet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. 29 rShall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

30 ||A wonderful and shorrible thing is committed in the land; 31 tThe prophets prophesy ufalsely, and the priests ||bear rule vby their means; and wmy people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

6 aO ye children of Benjamin, bgather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and cblow the trumpet in dTekoa, and set up ea sign of fire in fBeth-haccerem: for evil appeareth gout of the north, and great destruction. I have likened the daughter of Zion to a ||comely and hdelicate woman. iThe shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; lthey shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shall feed every one in his mplace. nPrepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up oat noon. Woe unto us! for pthe day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out. Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces. For thus hath the Lord of hosts said, qHew ye down trees, and ||rcast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city sto be visited; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her. tAs a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: uvviolence and vspoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds. Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest wmy soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land xnot inhabited.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, yThey shall throughly glean zthe remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets. 10 aTo whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, btheir ear is uncircumcised, and cthey cannot hearken: behold, dthe word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. 11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord; eI am weary with holding in: I will pour it out fupon the children abroad, and upon gthe assembly of fhyoung men together: for even the husband with the wife ishall be taken, hthe aged with him that is full of days. 12 And kltheir houses shall be turned unto others, with their lfields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord. 13 For mfrom the least of them even unto the greatest of them nevery one is given to covetousness; and ofrom the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 14 They have healed also the hurt pof the daughter of my people slightly, qsaying, Peace, peace; when rthere is no peace. 15 sWere they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, tthey were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: stherefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. 16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for uthe old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, vand ye shall find wrest for your souls. xBut they said, We will not walk therein. 17 Also I set xxwatchmen over you, ysaying, Hearken to the sound of zthe trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. 19 aHear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even bthe fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. 20 cTo what purpose cometh there to me dincense from eSheba, and fthe sweet cane from a far country? gyour burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me. 21 Therefore thus saith the Lord, ggBehold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish. 22 Thus saith the Lord, hBehold, a people cometh from ithe north country, and a great nation kshall be raised from the sides of the earth. 23 They shall lay hold on bow and lspear; they are mcruel, and nhave no mercy; otheir voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion. 24 We have heard the fame thereof: pour hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and qpain, as of a woman in travail. 25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and rfear is on every side. 26 O daughter of my people, sgird thee with sackcloth, and twallow thyself uin ashes: make thee vmourning, as for an only son, most wbitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us. 27 I have set thee for xa tower and ya fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and ztry their way. 28 aThey are all grievous revolters, bwalking with slanders: they are cbrass and iron; they are all dcorrupters. 29 The bellows are burned, cthe lead is consumed of the fire; ethe founder melteth in vain: for fthe wicked are not plucked away. 30 g||Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.

7 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, aStand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, bAmend your ways and your doings, and cI will cause you to dwell in this place. dTrust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. For if ye bthroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye ethroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; If fye oppress not ethe stranger, egthe fatherless, and the widow, and eshed not innocent blood in this place, hneither walk after other gods ito your hurt: ckThen will I cause you to dwell in this place, in kkthe land kthat I gave to your fathers, lfor ever and ever.

Behold, dye trust in mlying words, that cannot profit. Will ye nsteal, murder, and commit adultery, and oswear falsely, and pburn incense unto Baal, and hwalk after other gods whom ye know not; 10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 11 Is qthis house, which is called by my name, become ra den of srobbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord. 12 But go ye now unto tmy place which was in tuShiloh, vwhere I set my name at the first, and see wwhat I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, and I spake unto you, xrising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and yI called you, but ye answered not; 14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto zthe place which I gave to you and to your fathers, was I have done to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of my sight, aas I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of bEphraim. 16 cTherefore dpray not thou for this people, cneither lift up ecry nor prayer for them, neither fmake intercession to me: cfor I will not hear thee. 17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women gknead their dough, hto make cakes to the ||iqueen of heaven, and hkto pour out drink offerings unto other gods, lthat they may provoke me to anger. 19 mDo they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: ndo they not provoke themselves oto the confusion of their own faces? 20 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, pmine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, ppand upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, pqand shall not be quenched.

21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; rPut your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and rreat flesh. 22 sFor I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, tconcerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: 23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, suObey my voice, and vI will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and wwalk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that xit may be well unto you. 24 yBut they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, ybut zwalked in the counsels and ain the ||imagination of their evil heart, and bwent backward, and not forward. 25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day cI have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, cddaily rising up early and sending them: 26 eYet they hearkened not unto me, enor inclined their ear, but fhardened their neck: gthey did worse than …

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