Jeremiah 5 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Run up and down every street in Jerusalem," says the LORD. "Look high and low; search throughout the city! If you can find even one person who is just and honest, I will not destroy the city. 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 Even when they are under oath, saying, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' they all tell lies!" 2 Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' still they are swearing falsely."
3 LORD, you are searching for honesty. You struck your people, but they paid no attention. You crushed them, but they refused to turn from sin. They are determined, with faces set like stone; they have refused to repent. 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 what can we expect from the poor and ignorant? They don't know the ways of the LORD. They don't understand what God expects of them. 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 and speak to their leaders. Surely they will know the LORD's ways and what God requires of them." But the leaders, too, had utterly rejected their God. 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 So now a lion from the forest will attack them; a wolf from the desert will pounce on them. A leopard will lurk near their towns, tearing apart any who dare to venture out. For their rebellion is great, and their sins are many. 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 can I pardon you? For even your children have turned from me. They have sworn by gods that are not gods at all! I fed my people until they were fully satisfied. But they thanked me by committing adultery and lining up at the city's brothels. 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 are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for his neighbor's wife. 8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.
9 Should I not punish them for this?" asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself against a nation such 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 down the rows of the vineyards and destroy them, but leave a scattered few alive. Strip the branches from the vine, for they do not belong to the LORD. 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 The people of Israel and Judah are full of treachery against 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 have lied about the LORD and have said, 'He won't bother us! No disasters will come upon us! There will be no war or famine! 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 God's prophets are windbags full of words with no divine authority. Their predictions of disaster will fall on themselves!'" 13 The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."
14 Therefore, this is what the LORD God Almighty says: "Because the people are talking like this, I will give you messages that will burn them up as if they were kindling wood. 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 O Israel, I will bring a distant nation against you," says the LORD. "It is a mighty nation, an ancient nation, a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you cannot understand. 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 weapons are deadly; their warriors are mighty. 16 Their quivers are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
17 They will eat your harvests and your children's bread, your flocks of sheep and your herds of cattle. Yes, they will eat your grapes and figs. And they will destroy your fortified cities, which you think are so safe. 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 "Yet even in those days I will not blot you out completely," says the LORD. 18 "Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not destroy you completely.
19 "And when your people ask, 'Why is the LORD our God doing this to us?' you must reply, 'You rejected him and gave yourselves to foreign gods in your own land. Now you will serve foreigners in a land that is not your own.' 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 "Make this announcement to Israel and to Judah: 20 "Announce this to the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah:
21 Listen, you foolish and senseless people -- who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear. 21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:
22 Do you have no respect for me? Why do you not tremble in my presence? I, the LORD, am the one who defines the ocean's sandy shoreline, an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the bounds I set. 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 my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned against me and have chosen to practice idolatry. 23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say from the heart, 'Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of plentiful harvests.' 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 Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things. 25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.
26 "Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They are continually setting traps for other people. 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 Like a cage filled with birds, their homes are filled with evil plots. And the result? Now they are great and rich. 27 Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful
28 They are well fed and well groomed, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor. 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 Should I not punish them for this?" asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself against a nation such 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 horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land -- 30 "A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:
31 the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. And worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes? 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?