Jeremiah's Complaint

1 You will be righteous, Lord,a even if I bring a case against You. Yet, I wish to contend with You:b Why does the way of the wicked prosper?c [Why] do the treacherous live at ease?
2 You planted them,d and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips,e but far from their conscience.fg
3 As for You, You know me, Lord; You see me.h You test whether my heart is with You.i Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughter,j and set them apart for the day of killing.
4 How long will the land mournk and the grass of every field wither? Because of the evil of its residents, animals and birds have been swept away, for [the people] have said, "He cannot see what our end will be."lm