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Jeremiah 12:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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Jeremiah's Complaint

1 1Righteous are you, O LORD, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. 2Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all 3who are treacherous thrive? 2 You plant them, and they take root; they grow and produce fruit; 4you are near in their mouth and far from their heart. 3 5But you, O LORD, know me; 6you see me, and test my heart toward you. 7Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for 8the day of slaughter. 4 9How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field wither? 10For the evil of those who dwell in it 11the beasts and the birds are swept away, because they said, "He will not see our latter end."

The Lord Answers Jeremiah

5 "If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in 12the thicket of the Jordan? 6 For 13even your brothers and the house of your father, 14even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; 15do not believe them, though they speak friendly words to you."
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