1Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see 2if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, 3that I may pardon her.
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4Though they say, "As the LORD lives," 5yet they swear falsely.
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O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? 6You have struck them down, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. 7They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.
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Then I said, "These are only the poor; they have no sense; 8for they do not know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God.
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I will go to the great and will speak to them, for they know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God." 9But they all alike had broken the yoke; they had burst the bonds.
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Therefore 10a lion from the forest shall strike them down; a 11wolf from the desert shall devastate them. 12A leopard is watching their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their 13apostasies are great.
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14"How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me 15and have sworn by those who are no gods. 16When I fed them to the full, 17they committed adultery 18and trooped to the houses of whores.
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They were well-fed, lusty stallions, 19each neighing 20for his neighbor's wife.
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21Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD; and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?
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22"Go up through her vine rows and destroy, 23but make not a full end; strip away her branches, for they are not the LORD's.
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24For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly treacherous to me, declares the LORD.
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They have spoken falsely of the LORD and have said, 'He will do nothing; 25no disaster will come upon us, 26nor shall we see sword or famine.
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The prophets will become wind; the word is not in them. Thus shall it be done to them!'"