"Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not destroy1 you completely.
And when the people ask,2 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods3 in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners4 in a land not your own.'
"Announce this to the house of Jacob and proclaim5 it in Judah:
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,6 who have eyes7 but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:822
Should you not fear9 me?" declares the LORD. "Should you not tremble10 in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea,11 an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar,12 but they cannot cross it.
But these people have stubborn and rebellious13 hearts; they have turned aside14 and gone away.
They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear15 the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains16 in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'1725
Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.1826
"Among my people are wicked19 men who lie in wait20 like men who snare birds and like those who set traps21 to catch men.
Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit;22 they have become rich23 and powerful
and have grown fat24 and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless25 to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.26