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Jeremiah 5 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Jerusalem’s Godlessness

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:1 - “Roam about through the streets of Jerusalem,
And look and take notice.
And seek in her public squares,
If you can find a person,
If there is one who does justice, who seeks honesty,
Then I will forgive [fn]her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:2 - “And although they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’
Certainly they swear falsely.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - LORD, do Your eyes not look for honesty?
You have struck them,
But they did not [fn]weaken;
You have consumed them,
But they refused to accept discipline.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:4 - Then I said, “They are only the poor,
They are foolish;
For they do not know the way of the LORD
Or the judgment of their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:5 - “I will go to the great
And speak to them,
For they know the way of the LORD
And the judgment of their God.”
But together they too have broken the yoke
And burst the restraints.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:6 - Therefore a lion from the forest will kill them,
A wolf of the deserts will destroy them,
A leopard is watching their cities.
Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces,
Because their wrongdoings are many,
Their apostasies are numerous.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:7 - “Why should I forgive you?
Your sons have forsaken Me
And sworn by those who are not gods.
When I had fed them to the full,
They committed adultery
And stayed at the prostitute’s house.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:8 - “They were well-fed lusty horses,
Each one neighing at 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 do not execute a complete destruction;
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 dealt very treacherously with Me,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:12 - They have lied about the LORD
And said, “[fn]Not He;
Misfortune will not come upon us,
Nor will we see sword or famine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:13 - “The prophets are as wind,
And the word is not in them.
So it will be done to them!”

Judgment Proclaimed

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:14 - Therefore, this is what the LORD, the God of armies says:
“Because you have spoken this word,
Behold, I am making My words fire in your mouth,
And this people wood, and it will consume them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:15 - “Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from far away, you 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 grave,
All of them are warriors.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:17 - “They will devour your harvest and your food;
They will devour your sons and your daughters;
They will devour your flocks and your herds;
They will devour your vines and your fig trees;
They will demolish your fortified cities, in which you trust, with the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:18 - “Yet even in those days,” declares the LORD, “I will not make a complete destruction of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:19 - “And it shall come about when [fn]they say, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Just as you have abandoned Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:20 - “Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:21 - ‘Now hear this, you foolish and [fn]senseless people,
Who have eyes but do not see,
Who have ears but do not hear.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:22 - ‘Do you not fear Me?’ declares the LORD.
‘Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal limit, and it will not cross over it.
Though the waves toss, they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, they will not cross over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:23 - ‘But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart;
They have turned aside and departed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:24 - ‘They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the LORD our God,
Who gives rain in its season,
Both the autumn rain and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The appointed weeks of the harvest.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:25 - ‘Your wrongdoings have turned these away,
And your sins have kept good away from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:26 - ‘For wicked people are found among My people,
They watch like fowlers [fn]lying in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:27 - ‘Like a cage full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit;
Therefore they have become great and rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:28 - ‘They are fat, they are sleek,
They also [fn]excel in deeds of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the [fn]orphan, so that they may be successful;
And they do not [fn]defend the rights of the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:29 - ‘Shall I not punish them for these things?’ declares the LORD,
‘Or 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 [fn]on their own authority;
And My people love it this way!
But what will you do [fn]when the end comes?
NASB20 Footnotes
I.e., Jerusalem
Or become sick
Lit He is not
Or you
Lit without heart
Perhaps, crouching down
Lit pass over; or overlook deeds
Or fatherless
Lit judge
Lit over their own hands
Lit at the end of it

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