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1 Go quickly through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and get knowledge, and make a search in her wide places if there is a man, if there is one in her who is upright, who keeps faith; and she will have my forgiveness. 1 "Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.
2 And though they say, By the living Lord; truly their oaths are false. 2 Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' still they are swearing falsely."
3 O Lord, do not your eyes see good faith? you have given them punishment, but they were not troubled; you have sent destruction on them, but they did not take your teaching to heart: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they would not come back. 3 O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction. They made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.
4 Then I said, But these are the poor: they are foolish, for they have no knowledge of the way of the Lord or of the behaviour desired by their God. 4 I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.
5 I will go to the great men and have talk with them; for they have knowledge of the way of the Lord and of the behaviour desired by their God. But as for these, their one purpose is a broken yoke and burst bands. 5 So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God." But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.
6 And so a lion from the woods will put them to death, a wolf of the waste land will make them waste, a leopard will keep watch on their towns, and everyone who goes out from them will be food for the beasts; because of the great number of their sins and the increase of their wrongdoing. 6 Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage them, a leopard will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.
7 How is it possible for you to have my forgiveness for this? your children have given me up, taking their oaths by those who are no gods: when I had given them food in full measure, they were false to their wives, taking their pleasure in the houses of loose women. 7 "Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.
8 They were full of desire, like horses after a meal of grain: everyone went after his neighbour's wife. 8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.
9 Am I not to give punishment for these things? says the Lord: will not my soul take payment from such a nation as this? 9 Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?
10 Go up against her vines and make waste; let the destruction be complete: take away her branches, for they are not the Lord's. 10 "Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely. Strip off her branches, for these people do not belong to the LORD.
11 For the people of Israel and the people of Judah have been very false to me, says the Lord. 11 The house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful to me," declares the LORD.
12 They would have nothing to do with the Lord, saying, He will do nothing, and no evil will come to us; we will not see the sword or be short of food: 12 They have lied about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.
13 And the prophets will become wind, and the word is not in them; so it will be done to them. 13 The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."
14 For this reason the Lord, the God of armies, has said: Because you have said this, I will make my words in your mouth a fire, and this people wood, and they will be burned up by it. 14 Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says: "Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.
15 See, I will send you a nation from far away, O people of Israel, says the Lord; a strong nation and an old nation, a nation whose language is strange to you, so that you may not get the sense of their words. 15 O house of Israel," declares the LORD, "I am bringing a distant nation against you-- an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand.
16 Their arrows give certain death, they are all men of war. 16 Their quivers are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
17 They will take all the produce of your fields, which would have been food for your sons and your daughters: they will take your flocks and your herds: they will take all your vines and your fig-trees: and with the sword they will make waste your walled towns in which you put your faith. 17 They will devour your harvests and food, devour your sons and daughters; they will devour your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees. With the sword they will destroy the fortified cities in which you trust.
18 But even in those days, says the Lord, I will not let your destruction be complete. 18 "Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not destroy you completely.
19 And it will come about, when you say, Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us? that you will say to them, As you gave me up, making yourselves servants to strange gods in your land, so will you be servants to strange men in a land which is not yours. 19 And when the people ask, 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.'
20 Say this openly in Jacob and give it out in Judah, saying, 20 "Announce this to the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah:
21 Give ear now to this, O foolish people without sense; who have eyes but see nothing, and ears without the power of hearing: 21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:
22 Have you no fear of me? says the Lord; will you not be shaking with fear before me, who have put the sand as a limit for the sea, by an eternal order, so that it may not go past it? and though it is ever in motion, it is not able to have its way; though the sound of its waves is loud, they are not able to go past it. 22 Should you not fear me?" declares the LORD. "Should you not tremble in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
23 But the heart of this people is uncontrolled and turned away from me; they are broken loose and gone. 23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.
24 And they do not say in their hearts, Now let us give worship to our God, who gives the rain, the winter and the spring rain, at the right time; who keeps for us the ordered weeks of the grain-cutting. 24 They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'
25 Through your evil-doing these things have been turned away, and your sins have kept back good from you. 25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.
26 For there are sinners among my people: they keep watch, like men watching for birds; they put a net and take men in it. 26 "Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men.
27 As the fowl-house is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: for this reason they have become great and have got wealth. 27 Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful
28 They have become fat and strong: they have gone far in works of evil: they give no support to the cause of the child without a father, so that they may do well; they do not see that the poor man gets his rights. 28 and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.
29 Am I not to give punishment for these things? says the Lord: will not my soul take payment from such a nation as this? 29 Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?
30 A thing of wonder and fear has come about in the land; 30 "A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:
31 The prophets give false words and the priests give decisions by their direction; and my people are glad to have it so: and what will you do in the end? 31 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?