Jeremiah 5:4-14 NIV

4 I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish,1 for they do not know2 the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.

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      5 So I will go to the leaders3 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.4

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      6 Therefore a lion from the forest5 will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage6 them, a leopard7 will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.8

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      7 "Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn9 by gods that are not gods.10 I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery11 and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.12

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      8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.13

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      9 Should I not punish them for this?"14 declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge15 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.16 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 unfaithful17 to me," declares the LORD.

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          12 They have lied18 about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us;19 we will never see sword or famine.20

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          13 The prophets21 are but wind22 and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."

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          14 Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says: "Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth23 a fire24 and these people the wood it consumes.25

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