The Depravity of Jerusalem
1Roam #2Ch 16:9 through the streets of Jerusalem.
Look and take note;
search in her squares.
If you find one person, #Ps 14:1-3Ezk 22:30Rm 3:10
any who acts justly,
who seeks to be faithful,
then I will forgive her. #Gn 18:26-32
2When they say, “As the Lord lives,” #Jr 4:2
they are swearing falsely. #Lv 19:12Is 48:1Jr 7:9
3Lord, don’t Your eyes look for faithfulness? #2Ch 16:9Ps 51:6
You have struck them, but they felt no pain. #Pr 23:35
You finished them off,
but they refused to accept discipline. #Pr 27:22
They made their faces harder than rock, #Ezk 3:7-9
and they refused to return. #Hs 11:5
4Then I thought:
They are just the poor;
they have played the fool.
For they don’t understand the way of the Lord, #Gn 18:192Kg 17:26|NoBook| 21:22Ps 95:10Jr 8:7Hs 4:6
the justice of their God. #Mc 3:1
5I will go to the powerful
and speak to them.
Surely they know the way of the Lord,
the justice of their God. #Ps 103:7
However, these also had broken the yoke
and torn off the chains. #Ps 2:3Jr 2:20
6Therefore, a lion from the forest will strike them down. #2Kg 17:26Jr 4:7|NoBook| 25:38
A wolf from an arid plain will ravage them.
A leopard #Hs 13:7Rv 13:2 keeps watch over their cities.
Anyone who leaves them will be torn to pieces
because their rebellious acts are many, #Is 59:12
their unfaithful deeds numerous. #Jr 3:6|NoBook| 14:7|NoBook| 30:15Am 5:12
7Why should I forgive you?
Your children have abandoned Me
and sworn by those who are not gods. #Dt 32:21Jos 23:7Gl 4:8
I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery; #Hs 4:10
they gashed themselves #1Kg 18:24 at the # Or adultery and trooped to the, or adultery and lodged at the ; Hb obscure prostitute’s house.
8They are well-fed, # Lit well-equipped ; Hb obscure eager # Lit early-rising ; Hb obscure stallions, #Ezk 23:20
each neighing #Jr 13:27 after someone else’s wife. #Ex 20:14Ezk 22:11
9Should I not punish them for these things? #Jr 5:29|NoBook| 8:10|NoBook| 9:9
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Should I not avenge Myself #Dt 32:35Heb 10:30
on such a nation as this?
10Go up among her vineyard terraces and destroy them, #2Kg 24:2
but do not finish them off. #Jr 4:27
Prune away her shoots,
for they do not belong to the Lord. #Hs 1:9
11They, the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
have dealt very treacherously with Me. #Is 21:2|NoBook| 24:16|NoBook| 48:8Hs 6:7
This is the Lord’s declaration.
12They have contradicted the Lord
and insisted, “It won’t happen. # Lit He does not exist #Is 28:15Jr 23:17
Harm won’t come to us;
we won’t see sword or famine.”
13The prophets become only wind,
for the Lord’s word is not in them.
This will in fact happen to them.
Coming Judgment
14Therefore, this is what the Lord God of Hosts says:
Because you have spoken this word,
I am going to make My words
become fire in your mouth. #Hs 6:5Rv 11:5
These people are the wood,
and the fire will consume them. #Zch 12:6
15I am about to bring a nation
from far away against you, #Is 10:3|NoBook| 13:5|NoBook| 30:27Jr 4:16
house of Israel.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
It is an established nation,
an ancient nation,
a nation whose language you do not know
and whose speech you do not understand. #Dt 28:49Is 28:11|NoBook| 33:191Co 14:21
16Their quiver is like an open grave; #Ps 5:9Rm 3:13
they are all mighty warriors.
17They will consume your harvest and your food. #Lv 26:16Dt 28:31
They will consume your sons and your daughters.
They will consume your flocks and your herds.
They will consume your vines and your fig trees.
They will destroy with the sword
your fortified cities #Hs 8:14 in which you trust.
18“But even in those days” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “I will not finish you off. #2Ch 12:12Jr 4:27|NoBook| 5:10|NoBook| 30:11Ezk 11:13|NoBook| 20:17Rm 11:1-5 19When people ask, ‘For what offense has the Lord our God done all these things to us? ’ You will respond to them: Just as you abandoned Me #Dt 28:2029:24-25|NoBook| 31:16Jdg 2:121Sm 8:81Kg 9:8-9Is 1:4Jr 1:16|NoBook| 2:13|NoBook| 16:11|NoBook| 17:13 and served foreign gods in your land, so will you serve strangers in a land that is not yours. #Dt 4:27-2828:47-48
20“Declare this in the house of Jacob; proclaim it in Judah, saying:
21Hear this,
you foolish and senseless # Lit without heart people. #Dt 32:6
They have eyes, but they don’t see.
They have ears, but they don’t hear. #Ps 115:5-6135:16-17Is 6:9|NoBook| 42:20Ezk 12:2Mt 13:14Mk 8:18
22Do you not fear Me?
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Do you not tremble before Me,
the One who set the sand as the boundary of the sea,
an enduring barrier that it cannot cross? #Jb 26:1038:10-11Ps 104:9Pr 8:29
The waves surge, but they cannot prevail.
They roar but cannot pass over it.
23But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. #Dt 21:18Ps 78:8Is 1:5Heb 3:12
They have turned aside and have gone away.
24They have not said to themselves,
‘Let’s fear the Lord our God, #Pr 9:10Hs 6:1
who gives the rain, #Mt 5:45 both early and late, #Jl 2:23 in its season, #Dt 11:14
who guarantees to us the fixed weeks of the harvest.’
25Your guilty acts have diverted these things from you.
Your sins have withheld My bounty from you, #Is 59:2
26for wicked men live among My people.
They watch like fowlers lying in wait. # Hb obscure #Pr 1:11
They set a trap; #Ps 10:9
they catch men.
27Like a cage full of birds,
so their houses are full of deceit. #Ps 10:7|NoBook| 50:19Is 3:14|NoBook| 5:18|NoBook| 30:12Jr 8:5Zph 1:9Ac 13:10Rm 1:29
Therefore they have grown powerful and rich.
28They have become fat #Dt 32:15 and sleek.
They have also excelled in evil matters.
They have not taken up cases,
such as the case of the fatherless, so they might prosper,
and they have not defended the rights of the needy. #Deut 24:14Jb 29:16|NoBook| 30:25|NoBook| 31:19Ps 82:3-4|NoBook| 140:12Pr 14:31|NoBook| 31:9Is 1:23Zch 7:10Ac 4:34
29Should I not punish them for these things?
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Should I not avenge Myself #Jr 5:9|NoBook| 8:19Heb 10:30
on such a nation as this?
30A horrible, terrible thing
has taken place in the land. #Hs 6:10
31The prophets prophesy falsely, #Jr 6:13|NoBook| 8:10|NoBook| 14:14|NoBook| 20:6|NoBook| 23:14|NoBook| 27:10|NoBook| 28:15|NoBook| 29:9Lm 2:14Zch 13:3
and the priests rule by their own authority.
My people love it like this.
But what will you do at the end of it? #Dt 32:29Is 10:3
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