Jeremiah 12:1-6 (Common English Bible)

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1 If I took you to court, LORD, you would win. But I still have questions about your justice. Why do guilty persons enjoy success? Why are evildoers so happy? 2 You plant them, and they take root; they flourish and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. 3 Yet you, LORD, you know me. You see me. You can tell that I love you.a So drag them away and butcher them like sheep. Prepare them for the slaughterhouse. 4 How long will the land mourn and the grass in the fields dry up? The animals and birds are swept away due to the evil of those in the land. The people say, "God doesn't see what we're up to!" 5 If you have raced with people and are worn out, how will you compete with horses? If you fall down in an open field,b how will you survive in the forest along the Jordan? 6 Even your relatives, your very family, are planning to trap you. They are out to get you. So don't trust them, even if they appear to be on your side.
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