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Jeremiah 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jerusalem Refused to Repent

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:1 - Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
look and take note!
Search her squares to see
if you can find a man,
one who does justice
and seeks truth,
that I may pardon her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:2 - Though they say, “As the LORD lives,”
yet they swear falsely.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth?
You have struck them down,
but they felt no anguish;
you have consumed them,
but they refused to take correction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
they have refused to repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:4 - Then I said, “These are only the poor;
they have no sense;
for they do not know the way of the LORD,
the justice of their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:5 - I will go to the great
and will speak to them,
for they know the way of the LORD,
the justice of their God.”
But they all alike had broken the yoke;
they had burst the bonds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:6 - Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down;
a wolf from the desert shall devastate them.
A leopard is watching their cities;
everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces,
because their transgressions are many,
their apostasies are great.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:7 - “How can I pardon you?
Your children have forsaken me
and have sworn by those who are no gods.
When I fed them to the full,
they committed adultery
and trooped to the houses of whores.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:8 - They were well-fed, lusty stallions,
each neighing for his neighbor’s wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:9 - Shall I not punish them for these things?
declares the LORD;
and shall I not avenge myself
on a nation such as this?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:10 - “Go up through her vine rows and destroy,
but make not a full end;
strip away her branches,
for they are not the LORD’s.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:11 - For the house of Israel and the house of Judah
have been utterly treacherous to me,
declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:12 - They have spoken falsely of the LORD
and have said, ‘He will do nothing;
no disaster will come upon us,
nor shall we see sword or famine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:13 - The prophets will become wind;
the word is not in them.
Thus shall it be done to them!’”

The Lord Proclaims Judgment

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:14 - Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts:
“Because you have spoken this word,
behold, I am making my words in your mouth a fire,
and this people wood, and the fire shall consume them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:15 - Behold, I am bringing against you
a nation from afar, O house of Israel,
declares the LORD.
It is an enduring nation;
it is an ancient nation,
a nation whose language you do not know,
nor can you understand what they say.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:16 - Their quiver is like an open tomb;
they are all mighty warriors.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:17 - They shall eat up your harvest and your food;
they shall eat up your sons and your daughters;
they shall eat up your flocks and your herds;
they shall eat up your vines and your fig trees;
your fortified cities in which you trust
they shall beat down with the sword.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:18 - “But even in those days, declares the LORD, I will not make a full end of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:19 - And when your people say, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?’ you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:20 - Declare this in the house of Jacob;
proclaim it in Judah:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:21 - “Hear this, O foolish and senseless people,
who have eyes, but see not,
who have ears, but hear not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:22 - Do you not fear me? declares the LORD.
Do you not tremble before me?
I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea,
a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass;
though the waves toss, they cannot prevail;
though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:23 - But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart;
they have turned aside and gone away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:24 - They do not say in their hearts,
‘Let us fear the LORD our God,
who gives the rain in its season,
the autumn rain and the spring rain,
and keeps for us
the weeks appointed for the harvest.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:25 - Your iniquities have turned these away,
and your sins have kept good from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:26 - For wicked men are found among my people;
they lurk like fowlers lying in wait.[fn]
They set a trap;
they catch men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:27 - Like a cage full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
therefore they have become great and rich;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:28 - they have grown fat and sleek.
They know no bounds in deeds of evil;
they judge not with justice
the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper,
and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:29 - Shall I not punish them for these things?
declares the LORD,
and shall I not avenge myself
on a nation such as this?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:30 - An appalling and horrible thing
has happened in the land:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:31 - the prophets prophesy falsely,
and the priests rule at their direction;
my people love to have it so,
but what will you do when the end comes?
ESV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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