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12 You will be righteous, Lord,i
even if I bring a case against you.
Yet, I wish to contend with you:j
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?k
Why do all the treacherous live at ease?
2 You planted them,l and they have taken root.
They have grown and produced fruit.
You are ever on their lips,C
3 As for you, Lord, you know me; you see me.n
You test whether my heart is with you.o
Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughterp
and set them apart for the day of killing.
4 How long will the land mournq
and the grass of every field wither?
Because of the evil of its residents,
animals and birds have been swept away,r
for the people have said,
5 If you have raced with runners
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumbleE in a peaceful land,
what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?t
even they were treacherous to you;u
even they have cried out loudly after you.v
Do not have confidence in them,
though they speak well of you.
7 I have abandoned my house;w
I have deserted my inheritance.
I have handed the love of my life
over to her enemies.
like a lion in the forest.
She has roared against me.
Therefore, I hate her.x
9 Is my inheritance like a hyenaF to me?
Are birds of prey circling her?
Go, gather all the wild animals;y
bring them to devour her.
they have trampled my plot of land.z
They have turned my desirable plot
into a desolate wasteland.
It mourns, desolate, before me.
All the land is desolate,
but no one takes it to heart.aa
the destroyers have come,
for the Lord has a sword that devours
from one end of the earth to the other.
No one has peace.ab
13 They have sown wheat but harvested thorns.ac
They have exhausted themselves but have no profit.ad
Be put to shame by your harvests
because of the Lord’s burning anger.ae
14 This is what the Lord says: “Concerning all my evil neighbors who attack the inheritance that I bequeathed to my people, Israel, I am about to uproot themaf from their land, and I will uproot the house of Judah from them. 15 After I have uprooted them, I will once again have compassiona on them and return each one to his inheritance and to his land. 16 If they will diligently learn the ways of my peopleb—to swear by my name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ just as they taught my people to swear by Baal—they will be built up among my people. 17 However, if they will not obey, then I will uproot and destroy that nation.”c
This is the Lord’s declaration.
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