Jeremiah 12

1. You are holy, O Lord, that I counsel with you, even though it is judgment that I speak of before you. Why is the way of the depraved expedient, yet [the way of] the priestly so tortuous?*
2. You planted them, but they did not put down roots;* they prospered* and also bore fruit; you were close to their mouths, but far from their hearts.*
3. But, O Lord, you know me and you see me. You intuit my heart before you. Grant them grace* like sheep before* slaughter and be with us on the day of death.
4. Until when shall the earth cry out and the foliage of the fields all dry up on account of the evil of the inhabitants? The animals and the birds have disappeared, as they said, "we do not see an end to this."*
5. Behold, if when you ran with footmen* and they left you behind, how will you keep* up with horsemen? And if you stopped [running] on level land,* how will you cross the breath* of the Jordan?
6. Because even your brothers and the household* of your father they also lied regarding you; they also spoke words behind you, so do not believe them as they speak good things about you.
7. You left my house, you left my inheritance; you delivered the beloved of my soul into the hands of her enemies.
8. My inheritance has become like a lion in the thicket for me; she praises* me with her growl, which is an expression of her hatred.*
9. My inheritance became like a caged bird, and the birds circled it; they went out and gathered all the creatures of the wilderness and brought them to eat her.
10. Too many shepherds* destroyed my vineyard, they trampled my portion; they turned my desired portion into a desolate wilderness.
11. They picked it [clean] and ruined it -- the desolation cries out to me -- the entire land has been ravaged, for there is no one* to pay her heed.
12. Over all the paths of the wilderness the plunderers came, because the sword of the Lord stood still; from one edge of the earth to the other edge of the earth, there will be no peace for any flesh.
13. Plant wheat and harvest thorns, for you shall gain nothing; you shall shamed by what you reap, on account of the Lord's wrath.
14. Thus said the Lord, "Regarding all my neighboring shepherds, who partook of the inheritance that I deeded to my people Israel, behold, I shall uproot them from their country, and the House of Judah I shall uproot from between them.
15. "After I uproot them, after they repent, I shall have mercy on them and return them each man to his inheritance and each man to his land.
16. "And if they teach the ways to my people such that they proclaim* my name, 'He is the Living Lord'* -- as they taught them to proclaim* Ba'al, they shall sit among my people.
17. "And if they do not listen, I shall uproot this people utterly,* and utterly vanquish* them," said the Lord.*


*12:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "All taxing."
*12:2.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And they untied their roots."
*12:2.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gained."
*12.2.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Kidneys."
*12:3.1 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Prepare them."
*12:3.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "For."
*12:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "We see not our end."
*12:5.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Runners."
*12:5.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Delayed you."
*12:5.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Earth of Peace," or "Land of Peace."
*12:5.4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Hardship."
*12:6 Lit. Ar. id.: "House."
*12:8.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Raises."
*12:8.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Because of this her hatred."
*12:10 Lit. Ar. id.: Also: "stewards," or "overseers."
*12:11 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Because there is no human."
*12:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "to amen."
*12:16.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "For alive is He the Lord!"
*12:16.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "to amen."
*12:17.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Uprootingly uproot."
*12:17.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Oblivionatingly oblivionate."
*12:17.3 NB! All these prophesies were fulfilled regarding those that followed Jesus when He came and those that did not follow Jesus when He came.

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