Jeremiah 5



The Depravity Of Jerusalem

1 "Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now and take note And seek in her open squares, If you can find a man, If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, Then I will pardon her.

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

1 "Wander through the streets of Jerusalem. Look and investigate; search through her squares and see whether you find anyone even one person there doing justice and seeking truth. Then I'll forgive them.

1 Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now and take notice! Seek in her broad squares to see if you can find a man [as Abraham sought in Sodom], one who does justice, who seeks truth, sincerity, and faithfulness; and I will pardon [Jerusalem -- "for one uncompromisingly righteous person].

2 "And although they say, 'As the LORD lives,' Surely they swear falsely."

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

2 Although they say, "As surely as the LORD lives,' still they are swearing falsely."

2 And though they say, As the Lord lives, surely they swear falsely.

3 O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You have smitten them, But they did not weaken; You have consumed them, But they refused to take correction They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to repent.

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

3 LORD, don't your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they didn't flinch. You brought them to an end, but they refused to receive discipline. They made their faces harder than stone, and they refused to repent.

3 O Lord, do not your eyes look on the truth? [They have meant to please You outwardly, but You look on their hearts.] You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to take correction or instruction. They have made their faces harder than a rock, they have refused to repent and return to You.

4 Then I said, "They are only the poor, They are foolish; For they do not know the way of the LORD Or the ordinance of their God.

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

4 Then I said, "These are only the poor, they're foolish, for they don't know the LORD's way, the requirement of their God.

4 Then I said, Surely these are only the poor; they are [sinfully] foolish and have no understanding, for they know not the way of the Lord, the judgment (the just and righteous law) of their God.

5 "I will go to the great And will speak to them, For they know the way of the LORD And the ordinance of their God " But they too, with one accord, have broken the yoke And burst the bonds.

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

5 Let me go to the leaders and speak to them. For they know the LORD's way, the requirement of their God." "But they, all together, have broken the yoke and torn off the restraints.

5 I will go to the great men and will speak to them, for they must know the way of the Lord, the judgment (the just and righteous law) of their God. But [I found the very reverse to be true] these had all alike broken the yoke [of God's law] and had burst the bonds [of obedience to Him].

6 Therefore a lion from the forest will slay them, A wolf of the deserts will destroy them, A leopard is watching their cities Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces, Because their transgressions are many, Their apostasies are numerous.

6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

6 Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will devastate them. A leopard is watching their towns, and everyone who goes out of them will be torn to pieces. For their transgressions are many, and their apostasies numerous.

6 Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, a wolf of the desert shall destroy them, a leopard or panther shall lie in wait against their cities. Everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their backslidings and total desertion of faith are increased and have become great and mighty.

7 "Why should I pardon you? Your sons have forsaken Me And sworn by those who are not gods When I had fed them to the full, They committed adultery And trooped to the harlot's house.

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

7 Why should I forgive you? Your sons have forsaken me, and you have sworn by those who aren't gods. When I gave them enough food to satisfy them, they committed adultery and marched to the prostitute's house.

7 Why should I and how can I pass over this and forgive you for it? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by those that are no gods. When I had fed them to the full and bound them to Me by oath, they committed [spiritual] adultery, assembling themselves in troops at the houses of [idol] harlots.

8 "They were well-fed lusty horses, Each one neighing after his neighbor's wife.

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

8 They were well-fed, lusty stallions, each one neighing after his neighbor's wife.

8 They were like fed stallions roaming at large; each one neighed after his neighbor's wife.

9 "Shall I not punish these people," declares the LORD, "And on a nation such as this Shall I not avenge Myself?

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

9 "Should I not punish them for these things?" asks the LORD, "And on a nation like this, should I not seek retribution?"

9 Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord; and shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?

10 "Go up through her vine rows and destroy, But do not execute a complete destruction; Strip away her branches, For they are not the LORD'S.

10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD'S.

10 "Go through her rows of vines and destroy them, but don't completely destroy them. Strip away her branches, because they aren't the LORD's.

10 Go up within [Jerusalem's] walls and destroy [her vines], but do not make a full and complete end. Trim away the tendrils [of her vines], for they are not the Lord's.

11 "For the house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me," declares the LORD.

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

11 For both the house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful to me," declares the LORD.

11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very faithlessly and treacherously against Me, says the Lord.

The Lord Rejects Israel

12 They have lied about the LORD And said, "Not He; Misfortune will not come on us, And we will not see sword or famine.

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

12 "They have lied about the LORD by saying, "He wouldn't do that! Disaster won't come on us. We won't see sword and famine.

12 They have lied about and denied the Lord by saying, It is not He [Who speaks through His prophets]! Evil shall not come upon us; nor shall we see war or famine.

13 "The prophets are as wind, And the word is not in them. Thus it will be done to them!"

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

13 The prophets are nothing but wind, and the word is not in them. So may the disaster happen to them!'"

13 And [say they] the prophets will become wind [what they prophesy will not come to pass], and the word [of God] is not in them. Thus shall it be done to them [as they threatened would be done to us].

Coming Judgment

14 Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, "Because you have spoken this word, Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire And this people wood, and it will consume them.

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

14 Therefore, this is what the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies says: "Because you people have said this, my words in your mouth will become a fire and these people the wood. The fire will destroy them.

14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: Because you [the people] have spoken this word, behold, I will make My words fire in your mouth [Jeremiah] and this people wood, and it will devour them.

15 "Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel," declares the LORD "It is an enduring nation, It is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, Nor can you understand what they say.

15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house 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.

15 People of Israel, I'm now bringing a nation from far away to attack you," declares the LORD. "It is an enduring nation, an ancient nation, a nation whose language you don't know. And you won't understand what they say.

15 Behold, I am bringing a nation upon you from afar, O house of Israel, says the Lord. It is a mighty and enduring nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say.

16 "Their quiver is like an open grave, All of them are mighty men.

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

16 Their quiver is like an open grave, and all of them are powerful warriors.

16 Their quiver is [filled with deadly missiles] like an open sepulcher [filled with dead bodies; the foes] are all mighty men (heroes).

17 "They will devour your harvest and your food; They will devour your sons and your daughters; They will devour your flocks and your herds; They will devour your vines and your fig trees; They will demolish with the sword your fortified cities in which you trust.

17 And they 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.

17 "They'll devour your harvest and your food. They'll devour your sons and your daughters. They'll devour your vines and your fig trees. With their swords they'll batter down your fortified cities in which you trust.

17 They shall consume your harvest and your food; they shall consume your sons and your daughters; they shall consume your flocks and your herds; they shall consume your vines and your fig trees. They shall break down and impoverish your fortified cities in which you trust, with the sword [they shall destroy them].

18 "Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not make you a complete destruction.

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

18 "Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I won't destroy you completely.

18 But even in those days, says the Lord, I will not make a full and complete end of you.

19 "It shall come about when they say, 'Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?' then you shall say to them, 'As you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.'

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

19 When the people ask, "Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you are to say to them, "Just as you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.'"

19 And when your people say, Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us? then you shall answer them, As you have forsaken Me, says the Lord, and have served strange gods in your land, so shall you serve strangers (gods) in a land that is not yours.

God Warns His People

20 "Declare this in the house of Jacob And proclaim it in Judah, saying,

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

20 "Declare this to the descendants of Jacob, and proclaim it in Judah:

20 Declare this in the house of Jacob and publish it in Judah:

21 'Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, Who have eyes but do not see; Who have ears but do not hear.

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

21 "Hear this, you foolish and stupid people: They have eyes, but don't see; they have ears, but don't hear.

21 Hear now this, O foolish people without understanding or heart, who have eyes and see not, who have ears and hear not:

22 'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD 'Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.

22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have 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?

22 "You don't fear me, do you?' declares the LORD. "You don't tremble before me, do you? I'm the one who put the sand as a boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot cross. Though the waves toss, they cannot prevail against it, though they roar, they cannot cross it.'

22 Do you not fear and reverence Me? says the Lord. Do you not tremble before Me? I placed the sand for the boundary of the sea, a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass and by an everlasting ordinance beyond which it cannot go? And though the waves of the sea toss and shake themselves, yet they cannot prevail [against the feeble grains of sand which God has ordained by nature to be sufficient for His purpose]; though [the billows] roar, yet they cannot pass over that [barrier]. [Is not such a God to be reverently feared and worshiped?]

23 'But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; They have turned aside and departed.

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

23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned aside and have gone away.

23 But these people have hearts that draw back from God and wills that rebel against Him; they have revolted and quit His service and have gone away [into idolatry].

24 'They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest."

24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

24 They don't say to themselves, "Let's fear the LORD our God, who gives rain in its season, both the autumn and the spring rain. He sets aside for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.'

24 Nor do they say in their hearts, Let us now reverently fear and worship the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the autumn and the spring rain in its season, Who reserves and keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

25 'Your iniquities have turned these away, And your sins have withheld good from you.

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

25 Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have held back from you what is good.

25 Your iniquities have turned these blessings away, and your sins have kept good [harvests] from you.

26 'For wicked men are found among My people, They watch like fowlers lying in wait; They set a trap, They catch men.

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

26 "Evil men are found among my people. They lie in wait like someone who traps birds. They set a trap, but they do so to catch people.

26 For among My people are found wicked men; they watch like fowlers who lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.

27 'Like a cage full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit; Therefore they have become great and rich.

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

27 Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are filled with treachery. This is how they have become prominent and rich,

27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit and treachery; therefore they have become great and grown rich,

28 'They are fat, they are sleek, They also excel in deeds of wickedness; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; And they do not defend the rights of the poor.

28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

28 and have grown fat and sleek. There is no limit to their evil deeds. They don't argue the case of the orphan to secure justice. They don't defend the rights of the poor.

28 They have grown fat and sleek. Yes, they surpass in deeds of wickedness; they do not judge and plead with justice the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

29 'Shall I not punish these people?' declares the LORD, 'On a nation such as this Shall I not avenge Myself?'

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

29 "Should I not punish them for this?' asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on a nation like this?'

29 Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord. Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?

30 "An appalling and horrible thing Has happened in the land:

30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;

30 "An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:

30 An appalling and horrible thing [bringing desolation and destruction] has come to pass in the land:

31 The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

31 The prophets prophesy falsely, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?"

31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests exercise rule at their own hands and by means of the prophets. And My people love to have it so! But what will you do when the end comes?



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