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 Jeremiah 12
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Jeremiah's Prayer

1 Righteous R616 are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You;

Indeed I would discuss R617 matters of justice with You:

Why has the way R618 of the wicked prospered?

Why are all those who deal R619 in treachery at ease?

2 You have planted R620 them, they have also taken root;

They grow, they have even produced fruit.

You are near R621 to F131 their lips

But far from their mind. F132

3 But You know R622 me, O LORD;

You see me;

And You examine R623 my heart's attitude toward You.

Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter

And set F133 them apart for a day R624 of carnage!

4 How long is the land R625 to mourn

And the vegetation R626 of the countryside to wither?

For the wickedness R627 of those who dwell in it,

Animals R628 and birds have been snatched away,

Because men have said, "He will not see our latter ending." R629

5 "If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,

Then how can you compete with horses?

If you fall down in a land of peace,

How will you do in the thicket R630 F134 of the Jordan?

6 "For even your brothers R631 and the household of your father,

Even they have dealt treacherously with you,

Even they have cried aloud after you.

Do not believe them, although they may say nice R632 things to you."

God's Answer

7 "I have forsaken R633 My house,

I have abandoned My inheritance;

I have given the beloved R634 of My soul

Into the hand of her enemies.

8 "My inheritance has become to Me

Like a lion in the forest;

She has roared R635 F135 against Me;

Therefore I have come to hate R636 her.

9 "Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me?

Are the birds R637 of prey against her on every side?

Go, gather all the beasts R638 of the field,

Bring them to devour!

10 "Many shepherds R639 have ruined My vineyard, R640

They have trampled R641 down My field;

They have made My pleasant R642 field

A desolate wilderness.

11 "It F136 has been made a desolation,

Desolate, it mourns R643 before F137 Me;

The whole R644 land has been made desolate,

Because no man lays R645 it to heart.

12 "On all the bare R646 F138 heights in the wilderness

Destroyers have come,

For a sword R647 of the LORD is devouring

From one end of the land even to the other; F139

There is no R648 peace for anyone. F140

13 "They have sown R649 wheat and have reaped thorns,

They have strained R650 themselves to F141 no profit.

But be ashamed of your harvest R651 F142

Because of the fierce R652 anger of the LORD."

14 Thus says the LORD concerning all My wicked R653 neighbors who strike R654 at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, "Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will uproot R655 the house of Judah from among them. 15 "And it will come about that after I have uprooted them, I will again R656 have compassion on them; and I will bring R657 them back, each one to his inheritance and each one to his land. 16 "Then if they will really learn R658 the ways of My people, to swear R659 by My name, `As the LORD lives,' even as they taught My people to swear R660 by Baal, they will be built R661 up in the midst of My people. 17 "But if they will not listen, then I will uproot R662 that nation, uproot and destroy it," declares the LORD.

F131: Lit in their mouth
F132: Lit kidneys
F133: Lit sanctify them
F134: Lit pride
F135: Lit raised her voice
F136: Lit One has made it
F137: Or upon
F138: Or caravan trails
F139: Lit other end of the land
F140: Lit all flesh
F141: Lit they do not profit
F142: Lit products

R616: Ezra 9:15; Psalms 51:4; 129:4; Jeremiah 11:20
R617: Job 1:13:3
R618: Job 1:12:6; Jeremiah 5:27,28; Habakkuk 1:4; Malachi 3:15
R619: Jeremiah 3:7,20; 5:11
R620: Jeremiah 11:17; 45:4; Ezekiel 17:5-10
R621: Isaiah 29:13; Jeremiah 3:10; Ezekiel 33:31; Titus 1:16
R622: Psalms 139:1-4
R623: Psalms 7:9; 11:5; Jeremiah 11:20
R624: Jeremiah 17:18; 50:27; James 5:5
R625: Jeremiah 4:28; 9:10; 23:10
R626: Joel 1:10-17
R627: Psalms 107:34
R628: Jeremiah 4:25; 7:20; 9:10; Hosea 4:3; Habakkuk 3:17
R629: Jeremiah 5:31; Ezekiel 7:2
R630: Jeremiah 49:19; 50:44
R631: Genesis 37:4-11; Job 1:6:15; Psalms 69:8; Jeremiah 9:4,5
R632: Psalms 12:2; Proverbs 26:25
R633: Isaiah 2:6; Jeremiah 7:29; 23:39
R634: Jeremiah 11:15; Hosea 11:1-8
R635: Isaiah 59:13
R636: Hosea 9:15; Amos 6:8
R637: 2 Kings 24:2; Ezekiel 23:22-25
R638: Isaiah 56:9; Jeremiah 7:33; 15:3; 34:20
R639: Jeremiah 6:3; 23:1
R640: Psalms 80:8-16; Isaiah 5:1-7
R641: Isaiah 63:18
R642: Jeremiah 3:19
R643: Jeremiah 12:4; 14:2; 23:10
R644: Jeremiah 4:20,27; 25:11
R645: Isaiah 42:25
R646: Jeremiah 3:2,21
R647: Isaiah 34:6; Jeremiah 47:6; Amos 9:4
R648: Jeremiah 16:5; 30:5
R649: Leviticus 26:16; Deuteronomy 28:38; Micah 6:15; Haggai 1:6
R650: Isaiah 55:2; Jeremiah 9:5
R651: Jeremiah 17:10
R652: Jeremiah 4:26; 25:37,38
R653: Jeremiah 49:1,7; Zephaniah 2:8-10
R654: Jeremiah 2:3; 50:11,12; Zechariah 2:8
R655: Deuteronomy 30:3; Psalms 106:47; Isaiah 11:11-16
R656: Jeremiah 48:47; 49:6,39
R657: Amos 9:14
R658: Isaiah 42:6; 49:6
R659: Jeremiah 4:2; Zephaniah 1:5
R660: Joshua 23:7; Jeremiah 5:7
R661: Jeremiah 3:17; 4:2; 16:19
R662: Psalms 2:8-12; Isaiah 60:12


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