Jeremiah 5:1-13 (New American Standard)

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Jerusalem's Godlessness

1 "1Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, If you can 2find a man, 3If there is one who does justice, who seeks atruth, Then I will pardon her. 2 "And 4although they say, 'As the LORD lives,' Surely they swear falsely." 3 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 take correction. They have 8made their faces harder than rock ; They have refused to repent. 4 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. 5 "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 one accord, have 11broken the yoke And burst the bonds. 6 Therefore 12a 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 18committed adultery And trooped to the harlot's house. 8 "They were well-fed lusty horses, Each one neighing after his 19neighbor's wife. 9 "Shall I not punish dthese people," declares the LORD, "And on a nation such as this 20Shall I not avenge Myself ? 10 "Go up through her vine rows and destroy, But do not execute a complete destruction ; Strip away her branches, For they are not the LORD'S. 11 "For the 21house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me," declares the LORD. 12 They have 22lied about the LORD And said, "e23Not He; Misfortune will 24not come on us, And we 25will not see sword or famine. 13 "The 26prophets are as wind, And the word is not in them. Thus it will be done to them!"
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