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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 5

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Universal Corruption

1Roam the streets of Jerusalem, look about and observe, Search through her public places, to find even one Who lives uprightly and seeks to be faithful, and I will pardon her! 2Though they say, “As the LORD lives,” they swear falsely. 3O LORD, do your eyes not look for honesty? You struck them, but they did not cringe; you laid them low, but they refused correction; They set their faces harder than stone, and refused to return to you. p Jer 2, 30 . 4It is only the lowly, I thought, who are foolish; For they know not the way of the LORD, their duty to their God. q Jer 8, 7 . 5I will go to the great ones and speak with them; For they know the way of the LORD, their duty to their God. But, one and all, they had broken the yoke, torn off the harness. r Jer 6, 13 . 6Therefore lions from the forest slay them, wolves of the desert ravage them, Leopards keep watch round their cities: all who come out are torn to pieces For their many crimes and their numerous rebellions.

7Why should I pardon you these things? Your sons have forsaken me, they swear by gods that are not. I fed them, but they committed adultery; to the harlot's house they throng. 8Lustful stallions they are, each neighs after another's wife. s Jer 13, 27 . 8Shall I not punish them for these things? says the LORD; On a nation such as this shall I not take vengeance? 10Climb to her terraces, and ravage them, destroy them [not] wholly. Tear away her tendrils, they do not belong to the LORD. t Jer 2, 21 . 11For they have openly rebelled against me, both the house of Israel and the house of Judah, says the LORD, u Jer 3, 20 . 12They denied the LORD,* saying, “Not he— No evil shall befall us, neither sword nor famine shall we see. v Jer 14, 13; Is 28, 15 . 13The prophets have become wind, and the word is not in them. May their threats be carried out against themselves!” 14Now, for this that you have said, says the LORD, the God of hosts— Behold, I make my words in your mouth, a fire, And this people is the wood that it shall devour!— 15Beware, I will bring against you a nation from afar, O house of Israel, says the LORD; A long-lived nation, an ancient nation, a people whose language you know not, whose speech you cannot understand. w Dt 28, 49 . 16Their quivers are like open graves; all of them are warriors. 17They will devour your harvest and your bread, devour your sons and your daughters, Devour your sheep and cattle, devour your vines and fig trees; They will beat flat with the sword the fortified city in which you trust. x Dt 28, 31 .

18Yet even in those days, says the LORD, I will not wholly destroy you. y Jer 4, 27 . 19And when they ask, “Why has the LORD done all these things to us?” say to them, “As you have forsaken me to serve strange gods in your own land, so shall you serve strangers in a land not your own.”

20Announce this to the house of Jacob, proclaim it in Judah: 21Pay attention to this, foolish and senseless people Who have eyes and see not, who have ears and hear not. z Is 6, 9 . 22Should you not fear me, says the LORD, not tremble before me? I made the sandy shore the sea's limit, which by eternal decree it may not overstep. Toss though it may, it is to no avail; though its billows roar, they cannot pass. a Jb 38, 10f . 23But this people's heart is stubborn and rebellious; they turn and go away, 24And say not in their hearts, “Let us fear the LORD, our God, Who gives us rain early and late,* in its time; Who watches for us over the appointed weeks of harvest.” b Gn 8, 22; Dt 11, 14 . 25Your crimes have prevented these things, your sins have turned back these blessings from you. c Jer 2, 17. 19 . 26For there are among my people criminals; like fowlers they set traps, but it is men they catch. d Prv 1, 11 . 27Their houses are as full of treachery as a bird-cage is of birds; Therefore they grow powerful and rich, 28fat and sleek. They go their wicked way; justice they do not defend By advancing the claim of the fatherless or judging the cause of the poor. e Jer 12, 1; Is 1, 23 . 29Shall I not punish these things? says the LORD; on a nation such as this shall I not take vengeance? 30A shocking, horrible thing has happened in the land: 31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests teach as they wish; Yet my people will have it so; what will you do when the end comes? f Jer 14, 14; Mi 2, 11 .

Notes:

p: Jer 2, 30 .

q: Jer 8, 7 .

r: Jer 6, 13 .

s: Jer 13, 27 .

t: Jer 2, 21 .

u: Jer 3, 20 .

v: Jer 14, 13; Is 28, 15 .

w: Dt 28, 49 .

x: Dt 28, 31 .

y: Jer 4, 27 .

z: Is 6, 9 .

a: Jb 38, 10f .

b: Gn 8, 22; Dt 11, 14 .

c: Jer 2, 17. 19 .

d: Prv 1, 11 .

e: Jer 12, 1; Is 1, 23 .

f: Jer 14, 14; Mi 2, 11 .

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