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Jeremiah 12:1-10 (New American Standard)

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Jeremiah's Prayer

1 1Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You; Indeed I would 2discuss matters of justice with You: Why has the 3way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who 4deal in treachery at ease? 2 You have 5planted them, they have also taken root; They grow, they have even produced fruit. You are 6near ato their lips But far from their bmind. 3 But You 7know me, O LORD; You see me; And You 8examine my heart's attitude toward You. Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter And cset them apart for a 9day of carnage! 4 How long is the 10land to mourn And the 11vegetation of the countryside to wither? For the 12wickedness of those who dwell in it, 13Animals and birds have been snatched away, Because men have said, "He will not see our latter 14ending." 5 "If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the d15thicket of the Jordan? 6 "For even your 16brothers and the household of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you, Even they have cried aloud after you. Do not believe them, although they may say 17nice things to you."

God's Answer

7 "I have 18forsaken My house, I have abandoned My inheritance; I have given the 19beloved of My soul Into the hand of her enemies. 8 "My inheritance has become to Me Like a lion in the forest; She has e20roared against Me; Therefore I have come to 21hate her. 9 "Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me? Are the 22birds of prey against her on every side? Go, gather all the 23beasts of the field, Bring them to devour! 10 "Many 24shepherds have ruined My 25vineyard, They have 26trampled down My field; They have made My 27pleasant field A desolate wilderness.
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