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 to their lips But far from their mind.
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 set 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."