Jeremiah 5:9

9 Should I not punish them for this?” declares the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?

Read Jeremiah 5:9 Using Other Translations

Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD; and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?
Should I not punish them for this?” says the LORD . “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?

What does Jeremiah 5:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 5:9

Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord
For such adulteries and lasciviousness, and that in a way of punishment. The Targum adds,

``to bring evil upon them;''
the evil of punishment for the evil of sin: and shall not my soul be avenged upon such a nation as this?
which cannot delight in sin, but hates it; and therefore must punish for it; vindictive and punitive justice is essential to God; as sin is contrary to his nature, it is agreeable to it to punish for it; he cannot but do it; and he does avenge all sin, either on the sinner himself, or on his surety.
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