Jeremiah 5 - Prayer Tents



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Jeremiah 5
Good News Translation

The Sin of Jerusalem

5People of Jerusalem, run through your streets! Look around! See for yourselves! Search the marketplaces! Can you find one person who does what is right and tries to be faithful to God? If you can, the LORD will forgive Jerusalem.H7751H2351H3389H7200H3045H1245H7339H4672H376H3426H6213H4941H1245H530H5545 2Even though you claim to worship the LORD, you do not mean what you say.H559H3068H2416H7650H8267 3Surely the LORD looks for faithfulness. He struck you, but you paid no attention; he crushed you, but you refused to learn. You were stubborn and would not turn from your sins.H3068H5869H530H5221H2342H3615H3985H3947H4148H6440H2388H5553H3985H7725 4Then I thought, "These are only the poor and ignorant. They behave foolishly; they don't know what their God requires, what the LORD wants them to do.H559H1800H2973H3045H1870H3068H4941H430 5I will go to the people in power and talk with them. Surely they know what their God requires, what the LORD wants them to do." But all of them have rejected the LORD's authority and refuse to obey him.H3212H1419H1696H3045H1870H3068H4941H430H3162H7665H5923H5423H4147 6That is why lions from the forest will kill them; wolves from the desert will tear them to pieces, and leopards will prowl through their towns. If those people go out, they will be torn apart because their sins are numerous and time after time they have turned from God.H738H3293H5221H2061H6160H7703H5246H8245H5892H3318H2007H2963H6588H7231H4878H6105 7The LORD asked, "Why should I forgive the sins of my people? They have abandoned me and have worshiped gods that are not real. I fed my people until they were full, but they committed adultery and spent their time with prostitutes.H335H5545H2063H1121H5800H7650H3808H430H7650H5003H1413H2181H1004 8They were like well-fed stallions wild with desire, each lusting for his neighbor's wife.H2109H5483H7904H376H6670H7453H802 9Shouldn't I punish them for these things and take revenge on a nation such as this?H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471 10I will send enemies to cut down my people's vineyards, but not to destroy them completely. I will tell them to strip away the branches, because those branches are not mine.H5927H8284H7843H6213H3617H5493H5189H3068 11The people of Israel and Judah have betrayed me completely. I, the LORD, have spoken."H1004H3478H1004H3063H898H898H5002H3068

The Lord Rejects Israel

12The LORD's people have denied him and have said, "He won't really do anything. We won't have hard times; we won't have war or famine."H3584H3068H559H7451H935H7200H2719H7458 13They have said that the prophets are nothing but windbags and that they have no message from the LORD. The LORD God Almighty said to me, "Jeremiah, because these people have said such things, I will make my words like a fire in your mouth.H5030H7307H1696H6213 14The people will be like wood, and the fire will burn them up."H559H3068H430H6635H1696H1697H5414H1697H6310H784H5971H6086H398 15People of Israel, the LORD is bringing a nation from far away to attack you. It is a strong and ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know.H935H1471H4801H1004H3478H5002H3068H386H1471H5769H1471H1471H3956H3045H8085H1696 16Their archers are mighty soldiers who kill without mercy.H827H6605H6913H1368 17They will devour your crops and your food; they will kill your sons and your daughters. They will slaughter your flocks and your herds and destroy your vines and fig trees. The fortified cities in which you trust will be destroyed by their army.H398H7105H3899H1121H1323H398H398H6629H1241H398H1612H8384H7567H4013H5892H2007H982H2719 18The LORD says, "Yet even in those days I will not completely destroy my people.H3117H5002H3068H6213H3617 19When they ask why I did all these things, tell them, Jeremiah, that just as they turned away from me and served foreign gods in their own land, so they will serve strangers in a land that is not theirs."H559H8478H4100H6213H3068H430H559H5800H5647H5236H430H776H5647H2114H776

God Warns His People

20The LORD says, "Tell the descendants of Jacob, tell the people of Judah:H5046H1004H3290H8085H3063H559 21Pay attention, you foolish and stupid people, who have eyes, but cannot see, and have ears, but cannot hear.H8085H5530H5971H3820H5869H7200H241H8085 22I am the LORD; why don't you fear me? Why don't you tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary of the sea, a permanent boundary that it cannot cross. The sea may toss, but it cannot go beyond it; the waves may roar, but they cannot break through.H3372H5002H3068H2342H6440H7760H2344H1366H3220H5769H2706H5674H1530H1607H3201H1993H5674 23But you people! You are stubborn and rebellious; you have turned aside and left me.H5971H5637H4784H3820H5493H3212 24You never thought to honor me, even though I send the autumn rains and the spring rains and give you the harvest season each year.H559H3824H3372H3068H430H5414H1653H3138H4456H6256H8104H2708H7620H7105 25Instead, your sins have kept these good things from you.H5771H5186H2403H4513H2896 26"Evildoers live among my people; they lie in wait like those who lay nets to catch birds, but they have set their traps to catch people.H5971H4672H7563H7789H7918H3353H5324H4889H3920H582 27Just as a hunter fills a cage with birds, they have filled their houses with loot. That is why they are powerful and rich,H3619H4392H5775H1004H4392H4820H1431H6238 28why they are fat and well fed. There is no limit to their evil deeds. They do not give orphans their rights or show justice to the oppressed.H8080H6245H5674H1697H7451H1777H1779H3490H6743H4941H34H8199 29"But I, the LORD, will punish them for these things; I will take revenge on this nation.H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471 30A terrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:H8047H8186H1961H776 31prophets speak nothing but lies; priests rule as the prophets command, and my people offer no objections. But what will they do when it all comes to an end?"H5030H5012H8267H3548H7287H3027H5971H157H6213H319


Good News Translation. Scripture taken from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. More details.

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