Jeremiah, Chapter 5

5:1 Run+ to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places of it, if you+ can find a man, if there is any who does justly, who seeks truth; and I will pardon her.
5:2 And if they say, As Yahweh lives; surely they swear falsely.
5:3 O Yahweh, don't your eyes look at truth? You have stricken them, but they were not grieved; you have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
5:4 Then I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish; for they don't know the way of Yahweh, nor the law of their God:
5:5 I will get myself to the great men, and will speak to them; for they know the way of Yahweh, and the law of their God. But these with one accord have broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.
5:6 Therefore a lion out of the forest will slay them, a wolf of the evenings will destroy them, a leopard will watch against their cities; everyone who goes out from there will be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, [and] their backslidings have increased.
5:7 How can I pardon you? Your sons have forsaken me, and sworn by those that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they committed adultery, and they dwell at a prostitute's house.
5:8 They were as fed horses roaming at large; everyone neighed after his fellow man's wife.
5:9 Shall I not visit for these things? says Yahweh; and will not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
5:10 Go+ up on her walls, and destroy; but don't make a full end: take away her branches; for they are not Yahweh's.
5:11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have totally betrayed me, says Yahweh.
5:12 They have denied Yahweh, and said, It is not he; neither will evil come upon us; neither will we see sword nor famine:
5:13 and the prophets will become wind, and the word is not in them: thus it will be done to them.
5:14 Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of hosts, Because you+ speak this word, look, I will make my words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it will devour them.
5:15 Look, I will bring a nation on you+ from far, O house of Israel, says Yahweh: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you don't know, neither understand what they say.
5:16 Their quiver is an open tomb, they are all mighty men.
5:17 And they will eat up your harvest, and your bread, [which] your sons and your daughters should eat; they will eat up your flocks and your herds; they will eat up your vines and your fig trees; they will beat down your fortified cities, in which you trust, with the sword.
5:18 But even in those days, says Yahweh, I will not make a full end with you+.
5:19 And it will come to pass, when you+ will say, Why has Yahweh our God done all these things to us? Then you will say to them, Like you+ have forsaken me, and served foreign gods in your+ land, so you+ will serve strangers in a land that is not yours+.
5:20 Declare+ this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; who have eyes, and don't see; who have ears, and don't hear:
5:22 Don't you+ fear me? says Yahweh: Will you+ not tremble at my presence, who has placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it can't pass it? And though its waves toss themselves, yet they can't prevail; though they roar, yet they can't pass over it.
5:23 But this people has a revolting and a rebellious heart; they have revolted and gone.
5:24 Neither do they say in their heart, Let us now fear Yahweh our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season; and preserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
5:25 Your+ iniquities have turned away these things, and your+ sins have withheld good from you+.
5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they watch, as a fowler lying in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.
5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit: therefore they have become great, and waxed rich.
5:28 They are waxed fat, they shine: yes, they overpass in deeds of wickedness; they don't plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper; and they don't judge the right of the needy.
5:29 Shall I not visit for these things? says Yahweh; will not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
5:30 A wonderful and horrible thing has come to pass in the land:
5:31 the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will you+ do in the end of it?

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