Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Jeremiah 5 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles
The Sins of Judah
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:1 - “Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,” says the LORD.
“Look high and low; search throughout the city!
If you can find even one just and honest person,
I will not destroy the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:2 - But even when they are under oath,
saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’
they are still telling lies!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:3 - LORD, you are searching for honesty.
You struck your people,
but they paid no attention.
You crushed them,
but they refused to be corrected.
They are determined, with faces set like stone;
they have refused to repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:4 - Then I said, “But what can we expect from the poor?
They are ignorant.
They don’t know the ways of the LORD.
They don’t understand God’s laws.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:5 - So I will go and speak to their leaders.
Surely they know the ways of the LORD
and understand God’s laws.”
But the leaders, too, as one man,
had thrown off God’s yoke
and broken his chains.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:6 - So now a lion from the forest will attack them;
a wolf from the desert will pounce on them.
A leopard will lurk near their towns,
tearing apart any who dare to venture out.
For their rebellion is great,
and their sins are many.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:7 - “How can I pardon you?
For even your children have turned from me.
They have sworn by gods that are not gods at all!
I fed my people until they were full.
But they thanked me by committing adultery
and lining up at the brothels.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:8 - They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
each neighing for his neighbor’s wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:9 - Should I not punish them for this?” says the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:10 - “Go down the rows of the vineyards and destroy the grapevines,
leaving a scattered few alive.
Strip the branches from the vines,
for these people do not belong to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:11 - The people of Israel and Judah
are full of treachery against me,”
says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:12 - “They have lied about the LORD
and said, ‘He won’t bother us!
No disasters will come upon us.
There will be no war or famine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:13 - God’s prophets are all windbags
who don’t really speak for him.
Let their predictions of disaster fall on themselves!’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:14 - Therefore, this is what the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies says:
“Because the people are talking like this,
my messages will flame out of your mouth
and burn the people like kindling wood.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:15 - O Israel, I will bring a distant nation against you,”
says the LORD.
“It is a mighty nation,
an ancient nation,
a people whose language you do not know,
whose speech you cannot understand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:16 - Their weapons are deadly;
their warriors are mighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:17 - They will devour the food of your harvest;
they will devour your sons and daughters.
They will devour your flocks and herds;
they will devour your grapes and figs.
And they will destroy your fortified towns,
which you think are so safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:18 - “Yet even in those days I will not blot you out completely,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:19 - “And when your people ask, ‘Why did the LORD our God do all this to us?’ you must reply, ‘You rejected him and gave yourselves to foreign gods in your own land. Now you will serve foreigners in a land that is not your own.’
A Warning for God’s People
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:20 - “Make this announcement to Israel,[fn]
and say this to Judah:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:21 - Listen, you foolish and senseless people,
with eyes that do not see
and ears that do not hear.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:22 - Have you no respect for me?
Why don’t you tremble in my presence?
I, the LORD, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline
as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross.
The waves may toss and roar,
but they can never pass the boundaries I set.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:23 - But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts.
They have turned away and abandoned me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:24 - They do not say from the heart,
‘Let us live in awe of the LORD our God,
for he gives us rain each spring and fall,
assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:25 - Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings.
Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:26 - “Among my people are wicked men
who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind.
They continually set traps
to catch people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:27 - Like a cage filled with birds,
their homes are filled with evil plots.
And now they are great and rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:28 - They are fat and sleek,
and there is no limit to their wicked deeds.
They refuse to provide justice to orphans
and deny the rights of the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:29 - Should I not punish them for this?” says the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:30 - A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in this land—
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 5:31 - the prophets give false prophecies,
and the priests rule with an iron hand.
Worse yet, my people like it that way!
But what will you do when the end comes?
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew to the house of Jacob. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the New Living Translation website.

For more information on this translation, see the NLT Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan