Jeremiah 12:1–4

Jeremiah’s Prayer

1 aRighteous are You, O Lord, that I would plead my case with You;

Indeed I would bdiscuss matters of justice with You:

Why has the cway of the wicked prospered?

Why are all those who ddeal in treachery at ease?

2 You have aplanted them, they have also taken root;

They grow, they have even produced fruit.

You are bnear 1to their lips

But far from their 2mind.

3 But You aknow me, O Lord;

You see me;

And You bexamine my heart’s attitude toward You.

Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter

And 1set them apart for a cday of carnage!

4 How long is the aland to mourn

And the bvegetation of the countryside to wither?

For the cwickedness of those who dwell in it,

dAnimals and birds have been snatched away,

Because men have said, “He will not see our latter eending.”

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