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5 “Go up and downs the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,t
search through her squares.
If you can find but one personu
who deals honestlyv and seeks the truth,
I will forgivew this city.
2 Although they say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’x
still they are swearing falsely.y”
3 Lord, do not your eyesz look for truth?
You strucka them, but they felt no pain;
you crushed them, but they refused correction.b
They made their faces harder than stonec
and refused to repent.d
they are foolish,e
for they do not knowf the way of the Lord,
the requirements of their God.
5 So I will go to the leadersg
and speak to them;
surely they know the way of the Lord,
the requirements of their God.”
But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke
and torn off the bonds.h
6 Therefore a lion from the foresti will attack them,
a wolf from the desert will ravagej them,
a leopardk will lie in wait near their towns
to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
and their backslidings many.l
Your children have forsaken me
I supplied all their needs,
yet they committed adulteryo
and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.p
each neighing for another man’s wife.q
9 Should I not punish them for this?”r
declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenges myself
on such a nation as this?
but do not destroy them completely.t
Strip off her branches,
for these people do not belong to the Lord.
have been utterly unfaithfulu to me,”
declares the Lord.
12 They have liedv about the Lord;
they said, “He will do nothing!
No harm will come to us;w
we will never see sword or famine.x
and the word is not in them;
so let what they say be done to them.”
“Because the people have spoken these words,
and these people the wood it consumes.c
“I am bringing a distant nationd against you—
an ancient and enduring nation,
a people whose languagee you do not know,
whose speech you do not understand.
16 Their quiversf are like an open grave;
all of them are mighty warriors.
17 They will devourg your harvests and food,
devourh your sons and daughters;
they will devouri your flocks and herds,
devour your vines and fig trees.j
With the swordk they will destroy
18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not destroyn you completely. 19 And when the people ask,o ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign godsp in your own land, so now you will serve foreignersq in a land not your own.’
and proclaimr it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,s
who have eyest but do not see,
who have ears but do not hear:u
22 Should you not fearv me?” declares the Lord.
“Should you not tremblew in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,x
an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
they may roar,y but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebelliousz hearts;
they have turned asidea and gone away.
‘Let us fearb the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rainsc in season,
who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’d
your sins have deprived you of good.e
26 “Among my people are the wickedf
who lie in waitg like men who snare birds
and like those who set trapsh to catch people.
their houses are full of deceit;i
they have become richj and powerful
28 and have grown fatk and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;l
they do not defend the just cause of the poor.m
declares the Lord.
“Should I not avengen myself
on such a nation as this?
30 “A horribleo and shocking thing
has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,p
the priestsq rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?r
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