Jeremiah

Jeremiah 5 ©

1The judgments of God upon the Jews for their universal depravity and incorrigibleness; 7for their adultery; 10their blasphemous impiety; 15their worship of strange gods; 20their injustice and oppression for want of fearing the true God; 30and their prevarication in religion.

1

RUN ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, aif ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

2

And bthough they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.

b Not as ch. 4.2, but Is. 29.13. 2Ti. 3.5. Tit. 1.16. v.7. ch. 7.9. Ho. 4.15.
3

O LORD, are cnot thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast dstricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but ethey have refused to receive correction: fthey have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

4

Therefore I said, gSurely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.

5

I will get me unto hthe great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these ihave altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

6

Wherefore ja lion out of the forest shall slay them, and ka wolf of the 1evenings shall spoil them, a lleopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: mbecause their transgressions are many, and their backslidings 2are increased.

j ch. 4.7.
m ch. 2.17,19; 6.19; 9.12-16. Is. 3.11. ch. 4.18; 16.10; 19.4,5. Eze. 16; 20; 23.
7

nHow shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and osworn pby them that are no gods: when qI had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.

8

They rwere as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.

9

sShall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

10

tGo ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but umake not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the vLORD's.

v Not as Nu. 10.9; 14.9, but Ps. 78.61,62.
11

For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have wdealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.

12

They xhave belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:

13

And ythe prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

14

Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, zbehold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

15

Lo, aI will bring a nation upon you from far, O bhouse of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.

16

Their cquiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men.

17

And dthey shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

18

Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I ewill not make a full end with you.

19

¶And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, fWherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, gLike as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so hshall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.

20

Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,

21

Hear now this, iO foolish people, and without 3understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

22

jFear ye not me? saith the LORD: kwill ye not tremble at my presence, which lhave placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

l Job 38.10,11; 26.10; 9.8. Ps. 104.9; 33.7. Pr. 8.29. Ps. 89.9; 93.3,4; 29.10. Is. 50.2. Na. 1.4.
23

But mthis people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.

m Ho. 4.8. Is. 57.20; 31.6,7. ch. 17.9. v.3,5,26-31. ch. 2.13.
24

Neither nsay they in their heart, oLet us now fear the LORD our God, pthat giveth rain, both the former and qthe latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the rappointed weeks of the harvest.

25

sYour iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.

26

For among my people are found wicked men: tthey 4lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

27

As a 5cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of udeceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

28

They vare waxen fat, they shine: yea, they woverpass the deeds of the wicked: xthey judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they yprosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

29

zShall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

30

6A awonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;

31

The bprophets prophesy falsely, and the priests 7bear rule by their means; and my people clove to have it so: and dwhat will ye do in the end thereof?