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Jeremiah: Chapter 12

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1You will win, b Lit. “be in the right.” O LORD, if I make claim against You, Yet I shall present charges against You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are the workers of treachery at ease? 2You have planted them, and they have taken root, They spread, they even bear fruit. You are present in their mouths, But far from their thoughts. 3Yet You, LORD, have noted and observed me; You have tested my heart, and found it with You. Drive them out like sheep to the slaughter, Prepare them for the day of slaying! 4How long must the land languish, And the grass of all the countryside dry up? Must beasts and birds perish, Because of the evil of its inhabitants, Who say, “He will not look upon our future”? c Septuagint reads “ways.” 5 d God here replies to Jeremiah's plea in vv. 1–3 . If you race with the foot‐runners and they exhaust you, How then can you compete with horses? If you are a‐ Some Septuagint mss. read “not secure.” secure only ‐a Some Septuagint mss. read “not secure.” in a tranquil land, How will you fare in the jungle of the Jordan? 6For even your kinsmen and your father's house, Even they are treacherous toward you, They cry after you as a mob. Do not believe them When they speak cordially to you. 7I have abandoned My House, I have deserted My possession, I have given over My dearly beloved Into the hands of her enemies. 8My own people b Lit. “possession”; the land as well as the people, as is clear in v. 14 . acted toward Me Like a lion in the forest; She raised her voice against Me— Therefore I have rejected her. 9 c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. My own people acts toward Me Like a bird of prey [or] a hyena; Let the birds of prey surround her! ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Go, gather all the wild beasts, Bring them to devour! 10Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard, Have trampled My field, Have made My delightful field A desolate wilderness. 11 d‐ Heb. “He has.” They have ‐d Heb. “He has.” made her a desolation; Desolate, she pours out grief to Me. The whole land is laid desolate, But no man gives it thought. 12Spoilers have come Upon all the bare heights of the wilderness. For a sword of the LORD devours From one end of the land to the other; No flesh is safe. 13They have sown wheat and reaped thorns, They have endured pain to no avail. Be shamed, then, by your harvest— By the blazing wrath of the LORD!

14Thus said the LORD: As for My wicked neighbors who encroach on the heritage that I gave to My people Israel—I am going to uproot them from their soil, and I will uproot the House of Judah out of the midst of them. 15Then, after I have uprooted them, I will take them back intofavor, and restore them each to his own inheritance and his own land. 16 And if they learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name—“As the LORD lives”—just as they once taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be a‐ Or “incorporated into.” built up in the midst of ‐a Or “incorporated into.” My people. 17 But if they do not give heed, I will tear out that nation, tear it out and destroy it—declares the LORD.

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b Lit. “be in the right.”

c Septuagint reads “ways.”

d God here replies to Jeremiah's plea in vv. 1–3 .

a‐a Some Septuagint mss. read “not secure.”

b Lit. “possession”; the land as well as the people, as is clear in v. 14 .

c‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

d‐d Heb. “He has.”

a‐a Or “incorporated into.”

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