Jeremiah 12:1-4 CSB

Jeremiah's Complaint

1 You will be righteous, Lord,a even if I bring a case against You. Yet, I wish to contend with You:b Why does the way of the wicked prosper?c [Why] do the treacherous live at ease?

References for Jeremiah 12:1

    • a 12:1 - Ezr 9:15; Neh 9:8,33; Ps 119:137
    • b 12:1 - Jb 9:14-15; 13:13-28; 23:2-17
    • c 12:1 - Ps 73
      2 You planted them,d and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips,e but far from their conscience.fg

      References for Jeremiah 12:2

        • d 12:2 - Jr 17:7-8; Ps 1:3
        • e 12:2 - Lit are near in their mouth
        • f 12:2 - Lit kidneys
        • g 12:2 - Ps 28:3; Isa 29:13
          3 As for You, You know me, Lord; You see me.h You test whether my heart is with You.i Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughter,j and set them apart for the day of killing.

          References for Jeremiah 12:3

            • h 12:3 - Jr 1:5; Ps 139
            • i 12:3 - Jr 11:20; Ps 7:9
            • j 12:3 - Jr 11:19
              4 How long will the land mournk and the grass of every field wither? Because of the evil of its residents, animals and birds have been swept away, for [the people] have said, "He cannot see what our end will be."lm

              References for Jeremiah 12:4

                • k 12:4 - Jr 4:28; 23:10; Isa 24:4-7
                • l 12:4 - LXX reads see our ways
                • m 12:4 - Jr 29:11; Dt 32:20; Jb 22:13