Jeremiah 8:6-16 (New International Version)

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6 I have listened1 attentively, but they do not say what is right. No one repents2 of his wickedness, saying, "What have I done?" Each pursues his own course3 like a horse charging into battle. 7 Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know4 the requirements of the LORD. 8 " 'How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law5 of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? 9 The wise6 will be put to shame; they will be dismayed7 and trapped.8 Since they have rejected the word9 of the LORD, what kind of wisdom10 do they have? 10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners.11 From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain;12 prophets13 and priests alike, all practice deceit.14 11 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. "Peace, peace," they say, when there is no peace.15 12 Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame16 at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished,17 says the LORD.18 13 " 'I will take away their harvest, declares the LORD. There will be no grapes on the vine.19 There will be no figs20 on the tree, and their leaves will wither.21 What I have given them will be taken22 from them.a ' " 14 "Why are we sitting here? Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities23 and perish there! For the LORD our God has doomed us to perish and given us poisoned water24 to drink, because we have sinned25 against him. 15 We hoped for peace26 but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.27 16 The snorting of the enemy's horses28 is heard from Dan;29 at the neighing of their stallions the whole land trembles.30 They have come to devour31 the land and everything in it, the city and all who live there."
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