Jeremiah 6:9-21 (Common English Bible)

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Unresponsive people

9 This is what the LORD of heavenly forces says: From top to bottom, let them harvest the remaining few in Israel. Pick clean every last grape on the vine! 10 To whom can I speak and warn? How can I get someone's attention? Their ears are shut tight,a so they won't hear. They are ashamed of the LORD's word and take no pleasure in it. 11 But I'm filled with the LORD's rage and am tired of holding it in. Pour it out on the children in the streets and on the youths gathered together; husband with wife will be trapped, as will those old and gray. 12 Their homes will be turned over to others, their fields and wives as well. I will stretch out my hand against the people of this land, declares the LORD. 13 From the least to the greatest, each is eager to profit; from prophet to priest, each trades in dishonesty. 14 They treat the wound of my people as if it were nothing: "All is well, all is well," they insist, when in fact nothing is well. 15 They should be ashamed of their detestable practices, but they have no shame; they don't even blush! Therefore, they will fall among the fallen and stumble when I bring disaster, declares the LORD. 16 The LORD proclaims: Stop at the crossroads and look around; ask for the ancient paths. Where is the good way? Then walk in it and find a resting place for yourselves. But youb said, "We won't go!" 17 Still, I have appointed watchmen to warn you. But youc said, "We won't listen!" 18 Therefore, pay attention, nations; take notice, assembly, what is ahead of them.d 19 Pay attention, earth: I'm bringing disaster upon my people, the fruit of their own devices, because they have ignored my words and they have rejected my teaching. 20 What use to me is incense from Sheba or sweet cane from a faraway land? Your entirely burned offerings won't buy your pardon; your sacrifices won't appease me. 21 Therefore, the LORD proclaims: I'm putting obstacles before this people, and both parents and children will stumble over them; neighbor and friend alike will perish.
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