“ Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!
Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!
“Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!
“Yet you said, ‘I will be a queen forever.’ These things you did not consider Nor remember the outcome of them.
Her uncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly; She has no comforter. “ See, O Lord, my affliction, For the enemy has magnified himself!”
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!
Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.
Now what will you do in the day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth?
“If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
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?
“As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in the end he will be a fool.”
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.
But God said to him, ‘ You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it,