Jeremiah 5:24-31 NIV

24 They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear1 the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains2 in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'3

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25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.4

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26 "Among my people are wicked5 men who lie in wait6 like men who snare birds and like those who set traps7 to catch men.

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27 Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit;8 they have become rich9 and powerful

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28 and have grown fat10 and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless11 to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.12

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29 Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge13 myself on such a nation as this?

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30 "A horrible14 and shocking thing has happened in the land:

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31 The prophets prophesy lies,15 the priests16 rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?17

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