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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:1 - You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:2 - You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:3 - Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:4 - How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, “He will not see what happens to us.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:5 - “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble[fn] in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by[fn] the Jordan?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:6 - Your relatives, members of your own family— even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:7 - “I will forsake my house, abandon my inheritance; I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:8 - My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:9 - Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:10 - Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard and trample down my field; they will turn my pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:11 - It will be made a wasteland, parched and desolate before me; the whole land will be laid waste because there is no one who cares.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:12 - Over all the barren heights in the desert destroyers will swarm, for the sword of the LORD will devour from one end of the land to the other; no one will be safe.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:13 - They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. They will bear the shame of their harvest because of the LORD’s fierce anger.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:14 - This is what the LORD says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the people of Judah from among them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:15 - But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:16 - And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives’—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal—then they will be established among my people.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 12:17 - But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the LORD.
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