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4 “Moreover you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord:
“Will they fall and not rise?
Will one turn away and not return?
5 Why has this people dslidden back,
Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding?
eThey hold fast to deceit,
fThey refuse to return.
6 gI listened and heard,
But they do not speak aright.
hNo man repented of his wickedness,
Saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turned to his own course,
As the horse rushes into the battle.
7 “Even ithe stork in the heavens
Knows her appointed times;
And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow
Observe the time of their coming.
But jMy people do not know the judgment of the Lord.
kAnd the law of the Lord is with us’?
Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.
9 lThe wise men are ashamed,
They are dismayed and taken.
Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord;
So mwhat wisdom do they have?
10 Therefore nI will give their wives to others,
And their fields to those who will inherit them;
Because from the least even to the greatest
Everyone is given to ocovetousness;
From the prophet even to the priest
Everyone deals falsely.
Saying, q‘Peace, peace!’
When there is no peace.
12 Were they rashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed,
Nor did they know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
In the time of their punishment
They shall be cast down,” says the Lord.
13 “I will surely 3consume them,” says the Lord.
“No grapes shall be son the vine,
Nor figs on the tfig tree,
And the leaf shall fade;
And the things I have given them shall upass away from them.” ’ ”
And let us enter the fortified cities,
And let us be silent there.
For the Lord our God has put us to silence
Because we have sinned against the Lord.
15 “We xlooked for peace, but no good came;
And for a time of health, and there was trouble!
16 The snorting of His horses was heard from yDan.
The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of His zstrong ones;
For they have come and devoured the land and all that is in it,
The city and those who dwell in it.”
Vipers which cannot be acharmed,
And they shall bite you,” says the Lord.
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