5 Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.

Read Jeremiah 8:5 Using Other Translations

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return.
Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path? Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back? They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around.