Jeremiah 5 - Prayer Tents



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Jeremiah 5
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Sins Are Piled Sky-High

5"Patrol Jerusalem's streets. Look around. Take note. Search the market squares. See if you can find one man, one woman, A single soul who does what is right and tries to live a true life. I want to forgive that person." GOD's Decree.H7751H2351H3389H7200H3045H1245H7339H4672H376H3426H6213H4941H1245H530H5545 2"But if all they do is say, 'As sure as GOD lives . . . ' they're nothing but a bunch of liars."H559H3068H2416H7650H8267 3But you, GOD, you have an eye for truth, don't you? You hit them hard, but it didn't faze them. You disciplined them, but they refused correction. Hardheaded, harder than rock, they wouldn't change.H3068H5869H530H5221H2342H3615H3985H3947H4148H6440H2388H5553H3985H7725 4Then I said to myself, "Well, these are just poor people. They don't know any better. They were never taught anything about GOD. They never went to prayer meetings. I'll find some people from the best families.H559H1800H2973H3045H1870H3068H4941H430 5I'll talk to them. They'll know what's going on, the way GOD works. They'll know the score." But they were no better! Rebels all! Off doing their own thing.H3212H1419H1696H3045H1870H3068H4941H430H3162H7665H5923H5423H4147 6The invaders are ready to pounce and kill, like a mountain lion, a wilderness wolf, Panthers on the prowl. The streets aren't safe anymore. And why? Because the people's sins are piled sky-high; their betrayals are past counting.H738H3293H5221H2061H6160H7703H5246H8245H5892H3318H2007H2963H6588H7231H4878H6105 7"Why should I even bother with you any longer? Your children wander off, leaving me, Taking up with gods that aren't even gods. I satisfied their deepest needs, and then they went off with the 'sacred' whores, left me for orgies in sex shrines!H335H5545H2063H1121H5800H7650H3808H430H7650H5003H1413H2181H1004 8A bunch of well-groomed, lusty stallions, each one pawing and snorting for his neighbor's wife.H2109H5483H7904H376H6670H7453H802 9Do you think I'm going to stand around and do nothing?" GOD's Decree. "Don't you think I'll take serious measures against a people like this?H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471

Eyes That Don’t Really Look, Ears That Don’t Really Listen

10"Go down the rows of vineyards and rip out the vines, but not all of them. Leave a few. Prune back those vines! That growth didn't come from GOD!H5927H8284H7843H6213H3617H5493H5189H3068 11They've betrayed me over and over again, Judah and Israel both." GOD's Decree.H1004H3478H1004H3063H898H898H5002H3068 12"They've spread lies about GOD. They've said, 'There's nothing to him. Nothing bad will happen to us, neither famine nor war will come our way.H3584H3068H559H7451H935H7200H2719H7458 13The prophets are all windbags. They speak nothing but nonsense.'"H5030H7307H1696H6213 14Therefore, this is what GOD said to me, GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies: "Because they have talked this way, they are going to eat those words. Watch now! I'm putting my words as fire in your mouth. And the people are a pile of kindling ready to go up in flames.H559H3068H430H6635H1696H1697H5414H1697H6310H784H5971H6086H398 15"Attention! I'm bringing a far-off nation against you, O house of Israel." GOD's Decree. "A solid nation, an ancient nation, A nation that speaks another language. You won't understand a word they say.H935H1471H4801H1004H3478H5002H3068H386H1471H5769H1471H1471H3956H3045H8085H1696 16When they aim their arrows, you're as good as dead. They're a nation of real fighters!H827H6605H6913H1368 17They'll clean you out of house and home, rob you of crops and children alike. They'll feast on your sheep and cattle, strip your vines and fig trees. And the fortresses that made you feel so safe— leveled with a stroke of the sword!H398H7105H3899H1121H1323H398H398H6629H1241H398H1612H8384H7567H4013H5892H2007H982H2719 18"Even then, as bad as it will be"—GOD's Decree!—"it will not be the end of the world for you.H3117H5002H3068H6213H3617 19And when people ask, 'Why did our GOD do all this to us?' you must say to them, 'It's tit for tat. Just as you left me and served foreign gods in your own country, so now you must serve foreigners in their own country.'H559H8478H4100H6213H3068H430H559H5800H5647H5236H430H776H5647H2114H776 20"Tell the house of Jacob this, put out this bulletin in Judah:H5046H1004H3290H8085H3063H559 21Listen to this, you scatterbrains, airheads, With eyes that see but don't really look, and ears that hear but don't really listen.H8085H5530H5971H3820H5869H7200H241H8085 22Why don't you honor me? Why aren't you in awe before me? Yes, me, who made the shorelines to contain the ocean waters. I drew a line in the sand that cannot be crossed. Waves roll in but cannot get through; breakers crash but that's the end of them.H3372H5002H3068H2342H6440H7760H2344H1366H3220H5769H2706H5674H1530H1607H3201H1993H5674 23But this people—what a people! Uncontrollable, untameable runaways.H5971H5637H4784H3820H5493H3212 24It never occurs to them to say, 'How can we honor our GOD with our lives, The God who gives rain in both spring and autumn and maintains the rhythm of the seasons, Who sets aside time each year for harvest and keeps everything running smoothly for us?'H559H3824H3372H3068H430H5414H1653H3138H4456H6256H8104H2708H7620H7105 25Of course you don't! Your bad behavior blinds you to all this. Your sins keep my blessings at a distance.H5771H5186H2403H4513H2896

To Stand for Nothing and Stand Up for No One

26"My people are infiltrated by wicked men, unscrupulous men on the hunt. They set traps for the unsuspecting. Their victims are innocent men and women.H5971H4672H7563H7789H7918H3353H5324H4889H3920H582 27Their houses are stuffed with ill-gotten gain, like a hunter's bag full of birds. Pretentious and powerful and rich,H3619H4392H5775H1004H4392H4820H1431H6238 28hugely obese, oily with rolls of fat. Worse, they have no conscience. Right and wrong mean nothing to them. They stand for nothing, stand up for no one, throw orphans to the wolves, exploit the poor.H8080H6245H5674H1697H7451H1777H1779H3490H6743H4941H34H8199 29Do you think I'll stand by and do nothing about this?" GOD's Decree. "Don't you think I'll take serious measures against a people like this?H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471 30"Unspeakable! Sickening! What's happened in this country?H8047H8186H1961H776 31Prophets preach lies and priests hire on as their assistants. And my people love it. They eat it up! But what will you do when it's time to pick up the pieces?H5030H5012H8267H3548H7287H3027H5971H157H6213H319


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