"Go up and down1 the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider,2 search through her squares. If you can find but one person3 who deals honestly4 and seeks the truth, I will forgive5 this city.
Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,'6 still they are swearing falsely.7"
O LORD, do not your eyes8 look for truth? You struck9 them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction.10 They made their faces harder than stone11 and refused to repent.124
I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish,13 for they do not know14 the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.
So I will go to the leaders15 and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God." But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.166
Therefore a lion from the forest17 will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage18 them, a leopard19 will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.207
"Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn21 by gods that are not gods.22 I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery23 and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.248
They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.259
Should I not punish them for this?"26 declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge27 myself on such a nation as this?
"Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely.28 Strip off her branches, for these people do not belong to the LORD.
The house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful29 to me," declares the LORD.
They have lied30 about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us;31 we will never see sword or famine.3213
The prophets33 are but wind34 and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."