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Jeremiah 5
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The Depravity of Jerusalem

5Roam through the streets of Jerusalem. Look and take note; search in her squares. If you find a single person, anyone who acts justly, who seeks to be faithful, then I will forgive her.H7751H2351H3389H7200H3045H1245H7339H4672H376H3426H6213H4941H1245H530H5545 2When they say, "As the LORD lives," they are swearing falsely.H559H3068H2416H7650H8267 3LORD, don't Your eyes [look for] faithfulness? You have struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They made their faces harder than rock, and they refused to return.H3068H5869H530H5221H2342H3615H3985H3947H4148H6440H2388H5553H3985H7725 4Then I thought: They are just the poor; they have played the fool. For they don't understand the way of the LORD, the justice of their God.H559H1800H2973H3045H1870H3068H4941H430 5I will go to the powerful and speak to them. Surely they know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God. However, these also had broken the yoke and torn off the fetters.H3212H1419H1696H3045H1870H3068H4941H430H3162H7665H5923H5423H4147 6Therefore, a lion from the forest will strike them down. A wolf from an arid plain will ravage them. A leopard keeps watch over their cities. Anyone who leaves them will be torn to pieces because their rebellious acts are many, their unfaithful deeds numerous.H738H3293H5221H2061H6160H7703H5246H8245H5892H3318H2007H2963H6588H7231H4878H6105 7Why should I forgive you? Your children have abandoned Me and sworn by those who are not gods. I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery; they gashed themselves at the prostitute's house.H335H5545H2063H1121H5800H7650H3808H430H7650H5003H1413H2181H1004 8They are well-fed, eager stallions, each neighing after someone else's wife.H2109H5483H7904H376H6670H7453H802 9Should I not punish them for these things? [This is] the LORD's declaration. Should I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471 10Go up among her vineyard terraces and destroy them, but do not finish them off. Prune away her shoots, for they do not belong to the LORD.H5927H8284H7843H6213H3617H5493H5189H3068 11They, the house of Israel and the house of Judah, have dealt very treacherously with Me. [This is] the LORD's declaration.H1004H3478H1004H3063H898H898H5002H3068 12They have contradicted the LORD and insisted, "It won't happen. Harm won't come to us; we won't see sword or famine."H3584H3068H559H7451H935H7200H2719H7458 13The prophets become [only] wind, for the [LORD's] word is not in them. This will in fact happen to them.H5030H7307H1696H6213

Coming Judgment

14Therefore, this is what the Lord God of Hosts says: Because you have spoken this word, I am going to make My words become fire in your mouth. These people are the wood, and the fire will consume them.H559H3068H430H6635H1696H1697H5414H1697H6310H784H5971H6086H398 15I am about to bring a nation from far away against you, house of Israel. [This is] the LORD's declaration. It is an established nation, an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know and whose speech you do not understand.H935H1471H4801H1004H3478H5002H3068H386H1471H5769H1471H1471H3956H3045H8085H1696 16Their quiver is like an open grave; they are all mighty warriors.H827H6605H6913H1368 17They will consume your harvest and your food. They will consume your sons and your daughters. They will consume your flocks and your herds. They will consume your vines and your fig trees. They will destroy with the sword your fortified cities in which you trust.H398H7105H3899H1121H1323H398H398H6629H1241H398H1612H8384H7567H4013H5892H2007H982H2719 18"But even in those days"— [this is] the LORD's declaration— "I will not finish you off.H3117H5002H3068H6213H3617 19When people ask: For what offense has the LORD our God done all these things to us? You will respond to them: Just as you abandoned Me and served foreign gods in your land, so will you serve strangers in a land that is not yours.H559H8478H4100H6213H3068H430H559H5800H5647H5236H430H776H5647H2114H776 20"Declare this in the house of Jacob; proclaim it in Judah, saying:H5046H1004H3290H8085H3063H559 21Hear this, you foolish and senseless people. They have eyes, but they don't see. They have ears, but they don't hear.H8085H5530H5971H3820H5869H7200H241H8085 22Do you not fear Me? [This is] the LORD's declaration. Do you not tremble before Me, the One who set the sand as the boundary of the sea, an enduring barrier that it cannot cross? The waves surge, but they cannot prevail. They roar but cannot pass over it.H3372H5002H3068H2342H6440H7760H2344H1366H3220H5769H2706H5674H1530H1607H3201H1993H5674 23But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned aside and have gone away.H5971H5637H4784H3820H5493H3212 24They have not said to themselves: Let's fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain, both early and late, in its season, who guarantees to us the fixed weeks of the harvest.H559H3824H3372H3068H430H5414H1653H3138H4456H6256H8104H2708H7620H7105 25Your guilty acts have diverted these things [from you]. Your sins have withheld [My] bounty from you,H5771H5186H2403H4513H2896 26for wicked men live among My people. They watch like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.H5971H4672H7563H7789H7918H3353H5324H4889H3920H582 27Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have grown powerful and rich.H3619H4392H5775H1004H4392H4820H1431H6238 28They have become fat and sleek. They have also excelled in evil matters. They have not taken up cases, such as the case of orphans, so they might prosper, and they have not defended the rights of the needy.H8080H6245H5674H1697H7451H1777H1779H3490H6743H4941H34H8199 29Should I not punish them for these things? [This is] the LORD's declaration. Should I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471 30A horrible, terrible thing has taken place in the land.H8047H8186H1961H776 31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it?H5030H5012H8267H3548H7287H3027H5971H157H6213H319


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