Jeremiah 5

1. "Go around the streets of Jerusalem and look, see and ask in its centers,* if you can find a man, if there is someone who does justice and seeks faithfulness, and I will spare him.
2. "And if they swear by the Living God, they are truly lying."*
3. Oh, Lord, your eyes are on faith; you struck them, but they did not feel the pain,* you disciplined* them, but they were not edified;* their faces became harder than stone,* but they did not repent.
4. And I said that it is because they are poor that they erred,* because they know not the way of the Lord and the judgment of their God.
5. So I went to the great ones and spoke with them, for they knew the way of the Lord and the judgment of their God -- truly all of them together had broken the yoke and cut the noose.
6. That is why the lion [shall come out of] its lair and destroy* them, and in the evening the wolves shall plunder them, and the tiger shall bloody their towns, whoever exits from them is destroyed,* because they erred in their love and hardened themselves so they would not have to repent.
7. "On what basis shall I forgive you? Your children abandoned me and swore by those who were not Gods; I fed* them but they fornicated, and in the house of the harlot they fought.
8. "Like knights they uttered their hosannas, a man lusted after his companion's wife.
9. "Did I not forbid their acts?"* says the Lord. "Should I put up with such a nation?"*
10. "Climb its walls and dig, but do not do any wringing;* leave its foundations intact, because they are the Lord's.
11. "Because they treated me with utter lies,* the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah," says the Lord.
12. They lied by the Lord and said, "It is not Him; no evil shall befall us, we will see neither war, nor famine."
13. And the prophets that address* the storm and those that do not possess the Manifestation, this is what shall befall them.
14. "Because of that," says the Lord God Almighty, "in exchange for your speaking of this manifestation thusly, behold, I shall give my responses* through your mouth, like a fire, and this nation is [going to be like] the wood and [the fire] shall consume them.*
15. "Behold, I shall bring upon you a people from afar," says the Lord. "It is a well-healed nation, it is a nation from eternity,* a people whose language you  neither understand, nor have you ever heard.*
16. "Their quivers are large as graves, for they are all giant men.
17. "They shall eat your harvest and your bread, they shall eat your sons and daughters, they shall eat your flocks and cattle,* they shall eat your vines and your figs, they shall seize the town that you possess, that you rely on in war.
18. "But even in those Days," says the Lord, "I shall not wipe you out.
19. "And it shall come to pass that you will say, 'Why has our Lord God done all these things to us?' You shall tell them, 'This is what the Lord says, on account of your abandoning me and working for foreign gods in your own land, thus you shall work for the foreigners in a land that is not yours.'
20. "They saw* this in the House of Jacob and they heard it in Judea, and they said,
21. "Hear this, O, foolish nation that has no heart, for they have eyes but they do not see and they have ears but they do not hear.*
22. "Do you not fear me?" says the Lord. "Do you not shake before me? I who consecrated the sand as the shoreline* of the sea, a universal* law that cannot be over-ridden, [the sea] can struggle against it, but it cannot prevail [over it,] and its waves may rise [against it,] but they cannot overwhelm* it?
23. "But as to this nation, they had a rejecting and a complaining heart; they raged as they went off.*
24. "And they did not say in their hearts that we should be in submission to our Lord God, who gives us the rain, in the Spring and Autumn according to the seasons, and the harvests of the summer that sustain us, in the winter.
25. "Your dereliction of duty has brought down these upon you, and your sins have put an end to your blessings.
26. "Because there were found among my people sinners that stalked [their prey] with spears, who [lay in wait] to trap humanity with them.
27. "And like the cages that are full of birds, thus their houses are full of treachery.
28. "This is how they grew and became rich, and transgressed the laws,* for they did not judge according to the Law,* and the orphans' due they did not give,* and the [proper] sentence to the evil-doers they did not hand down."*
29. "Against them, should I not bring my authority to bear?" says the Lord. "And with a people such as these, should I not assert myself?"*
30. "Shock and outrage was on the earth.
31.* "The prophets prophesied subjugation and the high priests stilled their hands,* and my people preferred it so -- what will you do in the end?"


*5:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Exits," or "[places of] outings."
*5:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And if the Living God they declare, truly by lies they swear."
*5:3.1 Lit Ar. idiomatic construction: "They did not get sick."
*5:3.2 Lit. Ar. id.: also: "shrink," or "cured."
*5:3.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And they did not wish to accept the education."
*5:3.4 Lit. idiomatic expression retained: "They were stunned."
*5:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Pushed forth."
*5:6.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Break."
*5:6.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Broken."
*5:7 Lit. Ar. id.: "Satiated."
*5:9.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Did I not command against these?"
*5:9.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And by the nation that is thus shall my soul abide?"
*5:10 Lit. Ar. idiom retained.: "Destroy completely."
*5:11 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Lyingly they lied."
*5:13 Lit. Ar. id.: "Serve."
*5:14 Note: Like all the prophesies of the Old Testament, everything has to do with the Coming of the Messiah, and none of them are about historical events -- then, later or now.
*5:15.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "From the universe."
*5:15.2 Note: A reference to those who would follow the Messiah.
*5:16 Lit. Ar. id.: "Large."
*5:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sheep and bulls."
*5:21 Note: Eashoa (Jesus) used these words in the New Testament as well. Thus, it should be understood that He was the same Lord who had spoken these words through the Prophet Jeremiah five hundred years before.
*5:22.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "District."
*5:22.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Eternal."
*5:22.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Pass over."
*5:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: Or: "They pushed on and departed."
*5:28.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Religion," or "judgment."
*5:28.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Judgment they did not judge."
*5:28.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Satisfy."
*5:28.4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And the judgment of evil they did not judge."
*5:29 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And by nation like this shall not my soul rise up against?"
*5:31.1 Note: (1) Subjugation to Rome. (2) Prophesy about the rejection of Eashoa (Jesus) by the Pharisees and the betrayal of Eashoa (Jesus) by the High Priests and the elders in Jerusalem.
*5:31.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "Did not perform the ceremonies."
*5:31.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Had mercy upon it."

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