Jeremiah 12 ©
Jeremiah complaining of the prosperity of the wicked prayeth against them. God sheweth him what ill usage he might expect from others, seeing his own kindred dealt so ill with him. God lamenteth the desolation of his heritage; he threateneth their evil neighbours, but promiseth restoration and grace to the penitent.
RIGHTEOUS art athou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me 1talk with thee of thy judgments: bWherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
But thou, O LORD, eknowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart 3toward thee: fpull them out like sheep for the gslaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
hHow long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, iHe shall not see our last end.
¶If thou jhast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst kthou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, lthey wearied thee, then how wilt thou do min the swelling of Jordan?
¶Thus saith the LORD zagainst all mine evil neighbours, that atouch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, bI will pluck them out of their land, and cpluck out the house of Judah from among them.
And it shall come to pass, fif they will diligently learn the ways of my people, gto swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as hthey taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they ibe built in the midst of my people.