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8 “At that time”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of her officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the residents of Jerusalem will be brought out of their graves.n 2 They will be exposedo to the sun, the moon, and all the stars in the sky,p which they have loved, served, followed, consulted, and worshiped. Their bones will not be collected and buried but will become like manure on the soil’s surface.q 3 Death will be chosen over lifer by all the survivors of this evil family, those who remain wherever I have banished them.”s This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
Do people fall and not get up again?t
If they turn away, do they not return?
Why is Jerusalem always turning away?
They take hold of deceit;u
they refuse to return.v
They do not speak what is right.
No one regrets his evil,
asking, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone has stayed his course
like a horse rushing into battle.w
know their seasons.
Turtledoves, swallows, and cranesG
are aware of their migration,
but my people do not know
the requirements of the Lord.x
8 “How can you claim, ‘We are wise;
the law of the Lord is with us’?
In fact, the lying pen of scribesy
has produced falsehood.
they will be dismayed and snared.
They have rejected the word of the Lord,z
so what wisdom do they really have?
10 Therefore, I will giveaa their wives to other men,
their fields to new occupants,
for from the least to the greatest,ab
everyone is making profit dishonestly.
From prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
of my dear* people superficially,
claiming, ‘Peace, peace,’
when there is no peace.
They weren’t at all ashamed.
They can no longer feel humiliation.
Therefore, they will fall among the fallen.
When I punish them, they will collapse,”ac
says the Lord.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
“There will be no grapes on the vine,
no figs on the fig tree,
and even the leaf will wither.
Whatever I have given them will be lost to them.”
14 Why are we just sitting here?
Gather together; let’s enter the fortified cities
and perish there,B
for the Lord our God has destroyedC us.
He has given us poisoned water to drink,b
because we have sinned against the Lord.c
for a time of healing, but there was only terror.d
At the sound of the neighing of mighty steeds,e
the whole land quakes.
They come to devour the land and everything in it,
the city and all its residents.
They will bite you.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
18 My joy has flown away;
grief has settled on me.
My heart is sick.h
from a faraway land,
“Is the Lord no longer in Zion,i
her King not within her?”
Why have they angered me
with their carved images,
with their worthless foreign idols?j
but we have not been saved.
of my dear people.k
I mourn; horror has taken hold of me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead?l
Is there no physician there?
So why has the healing of my dear people
not come about?
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