12 You are always righteous,d Lord,
when I bring a casee before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:f
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?g
Why do all the faithless live at ease?
2 You have plantedh them, and they have taken root;
they grow and bear fruit.i
You are always on their lips
but far from their hearts.j
you see me and testk my thoughts about you.
Drag them off like sheepl to be butchered!
Set them apart for the day of slaughter!m
4 How long will the land lie parchedn
and the grass in every field be withered?o
Because those who live in it are wicked,
the animals and birds have perished.p
Moreover, the people are saying,
“He will not see what happens to us.”
5 “If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumblea in safe country,
even they have betrayed you;
they have raised a loud cry against you.r
Do not trust them,
though they speak well of you.s
7 “I will forsaket my house,
abandonu my inheritance;
I will give the one I lovev
into the hands of her enemies.w
like a lionx in the forest.
She roars at me;
therefore I hate her.y
like a speckled bird of prey
that other birds of prey surround and attack?
Go and gather all the wild beasts;
bring them to devour.z
10 Many shepherdsa will ruin my vineyard
and trample down my field;
they will turn my pleasant field
into a desolate wasteland.b
11 It will be made a wasteland,c
parched and desolate before me;d
the whole land will be laid waste
because there is no one who cares.
destroyers will swarm,
from one end of the land to the other;h
no one will be safe.i
they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.j
They will bear the shame of their harvest
because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”k
14 This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritancel I gave my people Israel, I will uprootm them from their lands and I will uprootn the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassiono and will bringp each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learnq well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’r—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baals—then they will be established among my people.t 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroyu it,” declares the Lord.
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