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.
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
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.”
Then how can you compete with horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace,
6 “For even your abrothers and the household of your father,
Even they have dealt treacherously with you,
Even they have cried aloud after you.
Do not believe them, although they may say bnice things to you.”
7 “I have aforsaken My house,
I have abandoned My inheritance;
I have given the bbeloved of My soul
Into the hand of her enemies.
Like a lion in the forest;
Therefore I have come to bhate her.
Are the abirds of prey against her on every side?
Go, gather all the bbeasts of the field,
Bring them to devour!
They have ctrampled down My field;
They have made My dpleasant field
A desolate wilderness.
11 “1It has been made a desolation,
The bwhole land has been made desolate,
Because no man clays it to heart.
Destroyers have come,
For a bsword of the Lord is devouring
From one end of the land even to the 2other;
13 “They have asown wheat and have reaped thorns,
Because of the dfierce anger of the Lord.”
14 Thus says the Lord concerning all My awicked neighbors who bstrike at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, “Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will cuproot the house of Judah from among them.
16 “Then if they will really alearn the ways of My people, to bswear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught My people to cswear by Baal, they will be dbuilt up in the midst of My people.
17 “But if they will not listen, then I will auproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.
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