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Jeremiah 5 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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The Depravity of Jerusalem

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Roam  through the streets of Jerusalem.

Look and take note;

search in her squares.

If you find one person, 

any who acts justly,

who seeks to be faithful,

then I will forgive her. 

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When they say, “As the LORD lives,” 

they are swearing falsely. 

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LORD, don’t Your eyes look for faithfulness? 

You have struck them, but they felt no pain. 

You finished them off,

but they refused to accept discipline. 

They made their faces harder than rock, 

and they refused to return. 

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Then I thought:

They are just the poor;

they have played the fool.

For they don’t understand the way of the LORD, 

the justice of their God. 

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I will go to the powerful

and speak to them.

Surely they know the way of the LORD,

the justice of their God. 

However, these also had broken the yoke

and torn off the chains. 

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Therefore, a lion from the forest will strike them down. 

A wolf from an arid plain will ravage them.

A leopard  keeps watch over their cities.

Anyone who leaves them will be torn to pieces

because their rebellious acts are many, 

their unfaithful deeds numerous. 

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Why should I forgive you?

Your children have abandoned Me

and sworn by those who are not gods. 

I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery; 

they gashed themselves  at the [fn] prostitute’s house.

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They are well-fed, [fn] eager [fn] stallions, 

each neighing  after someone else’s wife. 

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Should I not punish them for these things? 

This is the LORD’s declaration.

Should I not avenge Myself 

on such a nation as this?

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Go up among her vineyard terraces and destroy them, 

but do not finish them off. 

Prune away her shoots,

for they do not belong to the LORD. 

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They, the house of Israel and the house of Judah,

have dealt very treacherously with Me. 

This is the LORD’s declaration.

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They have contradicted the LORD

and insisted, “It won’t happen. [fn]  

Harm won’t come to us;

we won’t see sword or famine.”

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The prophets become only wind,

for the LORD’s word is not in them.

This will in fact happen to them.

  
Coming Judgment

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Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD of Hosts says:

Because you have spoken this word,

I am going to make My words

become fire in your mouth. 

These people are the wood,

and the fire will consume them. 

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I am about to bring a nation

from far away against you, 

house of Israel.

This is the LORD’s declaration.

It is an established nation,

an ancient nation,

a nation whose language you do not know

and whose speech you do not understand. 

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Their quiver is like an open grave; 

they are all mighty warriors.

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They will consume your harvest and your food. 

They will consume your sons and your daughters.

They will consume your flocks and your herds.

They will consume your vines and your fig trees.

They will destroy with the sword

your fortified cities  in which you trust.

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“But even in those days” — this is the LORD’s declaration — “I will not finish you off. 

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When people ask, ‘For what offense has the LORD our God done all these things to us? ’ You will respond to them: Just as you abandoned Me  and served foreign gods in your land, so will you serve strangers in a land that is not yours. 

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“Declare this in the house of Jacob; proclaim it in Judah, saying:

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Hear this,

you foolish and senseless [fn] people. 

They have eyes, but they don’t see.

They have ears, but they don’t hear. 

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Do you not fear Me?

This is the LORD’s declaration.

Do you not tremble before Me,

the One who set the sand as the boundary of the sea,

an enduring barrier that it cannot cross? 

The waves surge, but they cannot prevail.

They roar but cannot pass over it.

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But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. 

They have turned aside and have gone away.

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They have not said to themselves,

‘Let’s fear the LORD our God, 

who gives the rain,  both early and late,  in its season, 

who guarantees to us the fixed weeks of the harvest.’

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Your guilty acts have diverted these things from you.

Your sins have withheld My bounty from you, 

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for wicked men live among My people.

They watch like fowlers lying in wait. [fn]  

They set a trap; 

they catch men.

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Like a cage full of birds,

so their houses are full of deceit. 

Therefore they have grown powerful and rich.

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They have become fat  and sleek.

They have also excelled in evil matters.

They have not taken up cases,

such as the case of the fatherless, so they might prosper,

and they have not defended the rights of the needy. 

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Should I not punish them for these things?

This is the LORD’s declaration.

Should I not avenge Myself 

on such a nation as this?

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A horrible, terrible thing

has taken place in the land. 

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The prophets prophesy falsely, 

and the priests rule by their own authority.

My people love it like this.

But what will you do at the end of it? 

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HCSB Footnotes
Or adultery and trooped to the, or adultery and lodged at the ; Hb obscure
Lit well-equipped ; Hb obscure
Lit early-rising ; Hb obscure
Lit He does not exist
Lit without heart
Hb obscure

HCSB

Holy Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the Holman Christian Standard Bible website.

 
 
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