Jeremiah 5:2-12 NIV

2 Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,'1 still they are swearing falsely.2"

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3 O LORD, do not your eyes3 look for truth? You struck4 them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction.5 They made their faces harder than stone6 and refused to repent.7

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4 I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish,8 for they do not know9 the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.

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      5 So I will go to the leaders10 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.11

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      6 Therefore a lion from the forest12 will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage13 them, a leopard14 will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.15

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      7 "Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn16 by gods that are not gods.17 I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery18 and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.19

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      8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.20

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      9 Should I not punish them for this?"21 declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge22 myself on such a nation as this?

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          10 "Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely.23 Strip off her branches, for these people do not belong to the LORD.

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          11 The house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful24 to me," declares the LORD.

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          12 They have lied25 about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us;26 we will never see sword or famine.27

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