"At that time," declares the LORD, "they will 1bring out the bones of the kings of Judah and the bones of its princes, and the bones of the priests and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem from their graves.
"They will spread them out to the sun, the moon and to all the 2host of heaven, which they have loved and which they have served, and which they have goneafter and which they have sought, and which they have worshiped. They will not be gathered3or buried ; 4they will be as dung on the face of the ground.
"And 5death will be chosenratherthanlife by all the remnant that remains of thisevilfamily, that remains in all the 6places to which I have driven them," declares the LORD of hosts.
"You shall say to them, 'Thussays the LORD, "Do men 7fall and not get up again? Does one turnaway and not arepent ?
5"Why then has thispeople, Jerusalem, 8Turnedaway in continualapostasy ? They 9holdfast to deceit, They 10refuse to return.
"I 11have listened and heard, They have spokenwhat is not right ; 12Nomanrepented of his wickedness, Saying, 'What have I done ?' Everyoneturned to his course, Like a 13horsecharging into the battle.
7"Even the stork in the sky14Knows her seasons ; And the 15turtledove and the swift and the thrushObserve the time of their bmigration ; But 16My people do not know The ordinance of the LORD.
"17How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? But behold, the lyingpen of the scribes Has made it into a lie.
"The wisemen are 18put to shame, They are dismayed and caught ; Behold, they have 19rejected the word of the LORD, And what kind of wisdom do they have?
10"Therefore I will 20give their wives to others, Their fields to cnewowners ; Because from the least even to the greatestEveryone is 21greedy for gain ; From the prophet even to the priestEveryonepracticesdeceit.
"They 22heal the brokenness of the daughter of My peoplesuperficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is nopeace.
"Were they 23ashamedbecause of the abomination they had done ? They certainly were not ashamed, And they did not know how to blush ; Therefore they shall 24fall among those who fall ; At the 25time of their punishment they shall be broughtdown," Says the LORD.
"I will 26surelysnatch them away," declares the LORD ; "There will be 27nograpes on the vine And 28nofigs on the figtree, And the leaf will wither ; And what I have given them will passaway.""'
14Why are we sittingstill ? 29Assemble yourselves, and let us 30go into the fortifiedcities And let us perishthere, Because the LORD our God has doomed us And given us 31poisonedwater to drink, For 32we have sinned against the LORD.
We 33waited for peace, but nogood came; For a time of healing, but behold, terror !
From 34Dan is heard the snorting of his horses ; At the sound of the neighing of his 35stallions The wholelandquakes ; For they come and 36devour the land and its fullness, The city and its inhabitants.
"For behold, I am 37sendingserpents against you, Adders, for whichthere is 38nocharm, And they will bite you," declares the LORD.
18dMy 39sorrow is beyond healing, My 40heart is faint within me!
19Behold, listen ! The cry of the daughter of my people from a 41distantland : "Is the LORD not in Zion ? Is her King not within her?" "Why have they 42provoked Me with their gravenimages, with foreigne43idols ?"
20"Harvest is past, summer is ended, And we are not saved."
For the 44brokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken ; I 45mourn, dismay has takenhold of me.
Is thereno46balm in Gilead ? Is therenophysicianthere ? 47Whythen has not the fhealth of the daughter of my peoplegbeen restored ?