1 "Roam R218 to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
And look now and take note.
And seek in her open squares,
If you can find R219 a man,
If R220 there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, F54
Then I will pardon her.
2 "And although R221 they say, `As the LORD lives,'
Surely they swear falsely."
3 O LORD, do not Your R222 eyes look for truth? F55
You have smitten R223 them,
But they did not weaken; F56
You have consumed them,
But they refused R224 to take correction.
They have made R225 their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent.
4 Then I said, "They are only the poor,
They are foolish;
For they do R226 not know the way of the LORD
Or the ordinance of their God.
5 "I will go to the great
And will speak to them,
For they R227 know the way of the LORD
And the ordinance of their God."
But they too, with one accord, have broken R228 the yoke
And burst the bonds.
6 Therefore a R229 lion from the forest will slay them,
A wolf R230 of the deserts will destroy them,
A leopard R231 is watching their cities.
Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces,
Because their transgressions R232 are many,
Their apostasies are numerous.
7 "Why should I pardon you?
Your sons have forsaken Me
And sworn R233 by those who are not R234 gods.
When I had fed them to the full,
They committed R235 adultery
And trooped to the harlot's house.
8 "They were well-fed lusty horses,
Each one neighing after his neighbor's R236 wife.
9 "Shall I not punish these F57 people," declares the LORD,
"And on a nation such as this
Shall R237 I not avenge Myself?
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.
11 "For the house R238 of Israel and the house of Judah
Have dealt very treacherously with Me," declares the LORD.
12 They have lied R239 about the LORD
And said, "Not R240 F58 He;
Misfortune will not R241 come on us,
And we will R242 not see sword or famine.
13 "The prophets R243 are as wind,
And the word is not in them.
Thus it will be done to them!"
14 Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts,
"Because you have spoken this word,
Behold, I am making R244 My words in your mouth fire
And this people wood, and it will consume them.
15 "Behold, I am bringing R245 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 R246 you do not know,
Nor can you understand what they say.
16 "Their quiver R247 is like an open R248 grave,
All of them are mighty men.
17 "They will devour R249 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 R250 and your fig trees;
They will demolish with the sword your fortified R251 cities in which you trust.
18 "Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not make you a complete destruction. 19 "It shall come about when R252 they F59 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 R253 strangers in a land that is not yours.'
20 "Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
21 `Now hear this, O foolish and senseless F60 people,
Who have eyes R254 but do not see;
Who have ears but do not hear.
22 `Do you not fear R255 Me?' declares the LORD.
`Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed R256 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.
23 `But this people has a stubborn R257 and rebellious heart;
They have turned aside and departed.
24 `They do not say in their heart,
"Let us now fear the LORD our God,
Who gives R258 rain in its season,
Both the R259 autumn rain and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The appointed R260 weeks of the harvest."
25 `Your iniquities R261 have turned these away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.
26 `For wicked men are found among My people,
They watch R262 like fowlers lying F61 in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch men.
27 `Like a cage full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit; R263
Therefore they have become great and rich.
28 `They are fat, R264 they are sleek,
They also excel F62 in deeds of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the orphan, R265 F63 that they may prosper;
And they do not defend F64 the rights of the poor.
29 `Shall R266 I not punish these F65 people?' declares the LORD,
`On a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?'
30 "An appalling and horrible R267 thing
Has happened in the land:
31 The prophets R268 prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule on F66 their own authority;
And My people love R269 it so!
But what will you do at the end of it?
F54: Lit faithfulness
F55: Lit faithfulness
F56: Or become sick
F57: Or for these things
F58: Lit He is not
F59: Or you
F60: Lit without heart
F61: Perhaps, crouching down
F62: Lit pass over, or, overlook deeds
F63: Or fatherless
F64: Lit judge
F65: Or for these things
F66: Lit over their own hands
R218: 2 Chronicles 16:9; Daniel 12:4
R219: Ezekiel 22:30
R220: Genesis 18:26,32
R221: Isaiah 48:1; Titus 1:16
R222: 2 Chronicles 16:9
R223: Isaiah 1:5; 9:13; Jeremiah 2:30
R224: Jeremiah 7:28; 8:5; Zephaniah 3:2
R225: Jeremiah 7:26; 19:15; Ezekiel 3:8
R226: Isaiah 27:11; Jeremiah 8:7; Hosea 4:6
R227: Micah 3:1
R228: Exodus 32:25; Psalms 2:3; Jeremiah 2:20
R229: Jeremiah 4:7
R230: Ezekiel 22:27; Habakkuk 1:8; Zephaniah 3:3
R231: Hosea 13:7
R232: Jeremiah 30:14,15
R233: Joshua 23:7; Jeremiah 12:16; Zephaniah 1:5
R234: Deuteronomy 32:21; Jeremiah 2:11; Galatians 4:8
R235: Jeremiah 7:9
R236: Jeremiah 13:27; 29:23; Ezekiel 22:11
R237: Jeremiah 9:9
R238: Jeremiah 3:6,7,20
R239: 2 Chronicles 36:16
R240: Proverbs 30:9; Jeremiah 14:22; 43:1-4
R241: Jeremiah 23:17
R242: Jeremiah 14:13
R243: Job 1:8:2; Jeremiah 14:13,15; 22:22
R244: Isaiah 24:6; Jeremiah 1:9; 23:29; Hosea 6:5; Zechariah 1:6
R245: Deuteronomy 28:49; Isaiah 5:26; Jeremiah 4:16
R246: Isaiah 28:11
R247: Isaiah 5:28; 13:18
R248: Psalms 5:9
R249: Leviticus 26:16; Deuteronomy 28:31,33; Jeremiah 8:16; 50:7,17
R250: Jeremiah 8:13
R251: Hosea 8:14
R252: Deuteronomy 29:24-26; 1 Kings 9:8,9; Jeremiah 13:22; 16:10-13
R253: Deuteronomy 28:48; Jeremiah 16:13
R254: Isaiah 6:9; 43:8; Ezekiel 12:2; Matthew 13:14; Mark 8:18; John 12:40; Acts 28:26; Romans 11:8
R255: Deuteronomy 28:58; Psalms 119:120; Jeremiah 2:19; 10:7; Revelation 15:4
R256: Job 1:38:8-11; Psalms 104:9; Proverbs 8:29
R257: Deuteronomy 21:18; Psalms 78:8; Jeremiah 4:17; 6:28
R258: Psalms 147:8; Jeremiah 3:3; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17
R259: Joel 2:23
R260: Genesis 8:22
R261: Jeremiah 2:17; 4:18
R262: Psalms 10:9; Proverbs 1:11; Jeremiah 18:22; Habakkuk 1:15
R263: Jeremiah 9:6
R264: Deuteronomy 32:15
R265: Isaiah 1:23; Jeremiah 7:6; 22:3; Zechariah 7:10
R266: Jeremiah 5:9; Malachi 3:5
R267: Jeremiah 23:14; Hosea 6:10
R268: Ezekiel 13:6
R269: Micah 2:11