Jeremiah 12 - Prayer Tents



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Jeremiah 12
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What Makes You Think You Can Race Against Horses?

12You are right, O GOD, and you set things right. I can't argue with that. But I do have some questions: Why do bad people have it so good? Why do con artists make it big?H6662H3068H7378H1696H4941H1870H7563H6743H7951H899H898 2You planted them and they put down roots. They flourished and produced fruit. They talk as if they're old friends with you, but they couldn't care less about you.H5193H8327H3212H6213H6529H7138H6310H7350H3629 3Meanwhile, you know me inside and out. You don't let me get by with a thing! Make them pay for the way they live, pay with their lives, like sheep marked for slaughter.H3068H3045H7200H974H3820H5423H6629H2878H6942H3117H2028 4How long do we have to put up with this— the country depressed, the farms in ruin— And all because of wickedness, these wicked lives? Even animals and birds are dying off Because they'll have nothing to do with God and think God has nothing to do with them.H776H56H6212H7704H3001H7451H3427H929H5595H5775H559H7200H319 5"So, Jeremiah, if you're worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can't keep your wits during times of calm, what's going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood?H7323H7273H3811H8474H5483H776H7965H982H6213H1347H3383 6Those closest to you, your own brothers and cousins, are working against you. They're out to get you. They'll stop at nothing. Don't trust them, especially when they're smiling.H251H1004H1H898H7121H4392H310H539H1696H2896 7"I will abandon the House of Israel, walk away from my beloved people. I will turn over those I most love to those who are her enemies.H5800H1004H5203H5159H5414H3033H5315H3709H341 8She's been, this one I held dear, like a snarling lion in the jungle, Growling and baring her teeth at me— and I can't take it anymore.H5159H738H3293H5414H6963H8130 9Has this one I hold dear become a preening peacock? But isn't she under attack by vultures? Then invite all the hungry animals at large, invite them in for a free meal!H5159H6641H5861H5861H5439H3212H622H2416H7704H857H402 10Foreign, scavenging shepherds will loot and trample my fields, Turn my beautiful, well-cared-for fields into vacant lots of tin cans and thistles.H7227H7462H7843H3754H947H2513H947H5414H2532H2513H8077H4057 11They leave them littered with junk— a ruined land, a land in lament. The whole countryside is a wasteland, and no one will really care.H7760H8076H8077H56H776H8074H376H7760H3820 12"The barbarians will invade, swarm over hills and plains. The judgment sword of GOD will take its toll from one end of the land to the other. Nothing living will be safe.H7703H935H8205H4057H2719H3068H398H7097H776H7097H776H1320H7965 13They will plant wheat and reap weeds. Nothing they do will work out. They will look at their meager crops and wring their hands. All this the result of GOD's fierce anger!"H2232H2406H7114H6975H2470H3276H954H8393H2740H639H3068 14GOD's Message: "Regarding all the bad neighbors who abused the land I gave to Israel as their inheritance: I'm going to pluck them out of their lands, and then pluck Judah out from among them.H559H3068H7451H7934H5060H5159H5971H3478H5157H5428H127H5428H1004H3063H8432 15Once I've pulled the bad neighbors out, I will relent and take them tenderly to my heart and put them back where they belong, put each of them back in their home country, on their family farms.H310H5428H7725H7355H7725H376H5159H376H776 16Then if they will get serious about living my way and pray to me as well as they taught my people to pray to that god Baal, everything will go well for them.H3925H3925H1870H5971H7650H8034H3068H2416H3925H5971H7650H1168H1129H8432H5971 17But if they won't listen, then I'll pull them out of their land by the roots and cart them off to the dump. Total destruction!" GOD's Decree.H8085H5428H5428H6H1471H5002H3068


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