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5 aRun ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and bseek in the broad places thereof, cif ye can find a man, dif there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; eand I will pardon it. 2 And fthough they say, gThe Lord liveth; hsurely ithey swear falsely. 3 O Lord, are not kthine eyes upon the truth? thou hast lmstricken them, but they have not mgrieved; thou hast consumed them, but nthey have refused to receive correction: othey have made their faces harder than a rock; oothey have refused to return. 4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; pthey are foolish: for qthey know not the way of the Lord, nor qthe judgment of their God. 5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for qthey have known the way of the Lord, and qthe judgment of their God: but rthese have altogether broken the yoke, and rrburst the bonds. 6 Wherefore sa lion tout of the forest shall slay them, and ua wolf of the ||evenings shall spoil them, va leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their wbackslidings †xare increased. 7 yHow shall I pardon thee for this? yythy children have forsaken me, and zsworn by athem that are no gods: bwhen I had fed them to the full, bbthey then committed adultery, and cassembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses. 8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one dneighed eafter his neighbour’s wife. 9 fShall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 gGo ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but hmake not a full end: take away her ibattlements; for they are not the Lord’s. 11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah khave dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord. 12 lThey have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; mneither shall we see sword nor famine: 13 And the prophets shall become nwind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them. 14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, oI will make my words in thy mouth pfire, and this people pwood, and it shall devour them. 15 Lo, I will bring qa nation upon you rfrom far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord: it is sa mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, qa nation whose language thou knowest not, tneither understandest what they say. 16 uTheir quiver is as van open sepulchre, they are all mighty men. 17 And wthey shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy xfenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword. 18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I hwill not make a full end with you.
19 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, yWherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as zye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so ashall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours. 20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, 21 Hear now this, O bcfoolish people, and without †dunderstanding; cwhich have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: 22 ddFear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the ebound of the sea by a perpetual eedecree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof ftoss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though ffthey roar, yet can they not pass over it? 23 But this people hath ga revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. 24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, ggthat giveth rain, both hthe former and ithe latter, in his season: khe reserveth unto us lthe appointed weeks of the harvest. 25 Your iniquities have turned away mthese things, and your sins have withholden mgood things from you. 26 For among my people are found wicked men: ||nthey lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a ||cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28 oThey are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: pthey judge not the cause, the cause of pthe fatherless, qyet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. 29 rShall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
30 ||A wonderful and shorrible thing is committed in the land; 31 tThe prophets prophesy ufalsely, and the priests ||bear rule vby their means; and wmy people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
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