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Jeremiah 5 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Jerusalem's Godlessness

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:1 - “Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
And look now and take note.
And seek in her open squares,
If you can find a man,
If there is one who does justice, who seeks [fn]truth,
Then I will pardon her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:2 - “And although they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’
Surely they swear falsely.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - O LORD, do not Your eyes look for [fn]truth?
You have smitten them,
But they did not [fn]weaken;
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, “They are only the poor,
They are foolish;
For they do not know the way of the LORD
Or the ordinance 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
And the ordinance of their God.”
But they too, with one accord, have broken the yoke
And burst the bonds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:6 - Therefore a lion from the forest will slay 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 transgressions are many,
Their apostasies are numerous.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:7 - “Why should I pardon 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 trooped to the harlot’s house.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:8 - “They were well-fed lusty horses,
Each one neighing after his neighbor’s wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:9 - “Shall I not punish [fn]these people,” declares the LORD,
“And on a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?
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 LORDS.
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 on us,
And we will not see sword or famine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:13 - “The prophets are as wind,
And the word is not in them.
Thus it will be done to them!”

Judgment Proclaimed

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 fire
And this people wood, and it will consume them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:15 - “Behold, I am bringing a nation against you 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 grave,
All of them are mighty men.
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 with the sword your fortified cities in which you trust.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:18 - “Yet even in those days,” declares the LORD, “I will not make you a complete destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:19 - “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, ‘As you have forsaken 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, O 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 decree, so it cannot cross over it.
Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot 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 iniquities have turned these away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:26 - ‘For wicked men are found among My people,
They watch like fowlers [fn]lying in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch men.
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, that they may prosper;
And they do not [fn]defend the rights of the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:29 - ‘Shall I not punish [fn]these people?’ declares the LORD,
‘On a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?’
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 so!
But what will you do at the end of it?
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: faithfulness
Literally: faithfulness
Or, become sick
Or, for these things
Literally: He is not
Or, you
Literally: without heart
Perhaps, crouching down
Literally: pass over, or, overlook deeds
Or, fatherless
Literally: judge
Or, for these things
Literally: over their own hands

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