"1Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And looknow and takenote. And seek in her opensquares, If you can 2find a man, 3Ifthere is one who doesjustice, who seeksatruth, Then I will pardon her.
"And 4although they say, 'As the LORDlives,' Surely they swearfalsely."
O LORD, do not 5Your eyes look for btruth ? You have 6smitten them, But they did not cweaken ; You have consumed them, But they 7refused to takecorrection. They have 8made their facesharderthanrock ; They have refused to repent.
Then I said, "They are only the poor, They are foolish ; For they 9do not know the way of the LORD Or the ordinance of their God.
"I will go to the great And will speak to them, For 10they know the way of the LORD And the ordinance of their God." But they too, with oneaccord, have 11broken the yoke And burst the bonds.
6Therefore12a lion from the forest will slay them, A 13wolf of the deserts will destroy them, A 14leopard is watching their cities. Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces, Because their 15transgressions are many, Their apostasies are numerous.
7"Why should I pardon you? Your sons have forsaken Me And 16sworn by those who are 17not gods. When I had fed them to the full, They 18committedadultery And trooped to the harlot'shouse.
"They were well-fedlustyhorses, Eachoneneighingafter his 19neighbor'swife.
"Shall I not punishdthese people," declares the LORD, "And on a nationsuch as this20Shall I not avengeMyself ?
10"Go up through her vinerows and destroy, But do not execute a completedestruction ; Stripaway her branches, For they are not the LORD'S.
"For the 21house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealtverytreacherously with Me," declares the LORD.
They have 22lied about the LORD And said, "e23Not He; Misfortune will 24not come on us, And we 25will not seesword or famine.
"The 26prophets are as wind, And the word is not in them. Thus it will be done to them!"
14Therefore, thussays the LORD, the God of hosts, "Because you have spokenthisword, Behold, I am 27making My words in your mouthfire And thispeoplewood, and it will consume them.
15"Behold, I am 28bringing a nationagainst you from afar, O house of Israel," declares the LORD. "It is an enduringnation, It is an ancientnation, A nation whose 29language you do not know, Nor can you understandwhat they say.
"Their 30quiver is like an 31opengrave, All of them are mightymen.
"They will 32devour your harvest and your food ; They will devour your sons and your daughters ; They will devour your flocks and your herds ; They will devour your 33vines and your figtrees ; They will demolish with the sword your 34fortifiedcities in which you trust.
"Yet even in thosedays," declares the LORD, "I will not make you a completedestruction.
"It shall come about 35whenfthey say, 'Why has the LORD our Goddoneallthesethings to us?' then you shall say to them, 'As you have forsaken Me and servedforeigngods in your land, so you will 36servestrangers in a land that is not yours.'
20"Declarethis in the house of Jacob And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
21'Nowhearthis, O foolish and gsenselesspeople, Who have 37eyes but do not see ; Who have ears but do not hear.
'Do you not 38fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence ? For I have 39placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternaldecree, so it cannotcrossover it. Though the wavestoss, yet they cannotprevail ; Though they roar, yet they cannotcrossover it.
'But thispeoplehas a 40stubborn and rebelliousheart ; They have turnedaside and departed.
'They do not say in their heart, "Let us nowfear the LORD our God, Who 41givesrain in its season, Both 42the autumnrain and the springrain, Who keeps for us The 43appointedweeks of the harvest."
'Your 44iniquities have turnedtheseaway, And your sins have withheldgood from you.
'For wickedmen are found among My people, They 45watch like fowlershlying in wait ; They set a trap, They catchmen.
'Like a cagefull of birds, So their houses are full of 46deceit ; Therefore they have becomegreat and rich.
'They are 47fat, they are sleek, They alsoiexcel in deeds of wickedness ; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the j48orphan, that they may prosper ; And they do not kdefend the rights of the poor.
'49Shall I not punishlthese people?' declares the LORD, 'On a nationsuch as this Shall I not avengeMyself ?'
"An appalling and 50horriblething Has happened in the land :
The 51prophetsprophesyfalsely, And the priestsrulemon their own authority ; And My people52love it so ! But what will you do at the end of it?