Jeremiah 5:23-29 NIV

23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious1 hearts; they have turned aside2 and gone away.

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24 They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear3 the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains4 in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'5

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25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.6

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26 "Among my people are wicked7 men who lie in wait8 like men who snare birds and like those who set traps9 to catch men.

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27 Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit;10 they have become rich11 and powerful

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28 and have grown fat12 and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless13 to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.14

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29 Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge15 myself on such a nation as this?

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