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Jeremiah 12:1-9 (New International Version)

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Jeremiah's Complaint

1 You are always righteous,1 O LORD, when I bring a case2 before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice:3 Why does the way of the wicked prosper?4 Why do all the faithless live at ease? 2 You have planted5 them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit.6 You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.7 3 Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me and test8 my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep9 to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!10 4 How long will the land lie parcheda11 and the grass in every field be withered?12 Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished.13 Moreover, the people are saying, "He will not see what happens to us."

God's Answer

5 "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country,b how will you manage in the thickets14 byc the Jordan? 6 Your brothers, your own family-- even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you.15 Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.16 7 "I will forsake17 my house, abandon18 my inheritance; I will give the one I love19 into the hands of her enemies.20 8 My inheritance has become to me like a lion21 in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.22 9 Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour.23
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