Sin and Treachery

Jeremiah 8

4 "Moreover you shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD:
"Will they fall and not rise?
Will one turn away and not return?
5 Why has this people d slidden back,
Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding?
e They hold fast to deceit,
f They refuse to return.
6 g I listened and heard,
But they do not speak aright.
h No man repented of his wickedness,
Saying, 'What have I done?'
Everyone turned to his own course,
As the horse rushes into the battle.
7 "Even i the stork in the heavens
Knows her appointed times;
And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow
Observe the time of their coming.
But j My people do not know the judgment of the LORD.

8 "How can you say, 'We are wise,
k And the law of the LORD is with us'?
Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.
9 l The wise men are ashamed,
They are dismayed and taken.
Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD;
So m what wisdom do they have?
10 Therefore n I will give their wives to others,
And their fields to those who will inherit them;
Because from the least even to the greatest
Everyone is given to o covetousness;
From the prophet even to the priest
Everyone deals falsely.
11 For they have p healed the hurt of the daughter of My people 1 slightly,
Saying, q 'Peace, peace!'
When there is no peace.
12 Were they r ashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed,
Nor did they know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
In the time of their punishment
They shall be cast down," says the LORD.
13 "I will surely 2 consume them," says the LORD.
"No grapes shall be s on the vine,
Nor figs on the t fig tree,
And the leaf shall fade;
And the things I have given them shall u pass away from them." ' "

14 "Why do we sit still?
v Assemble yourselves,
And let us enter the fortified cities,
And let us be silent there.
For the LORD our God has put us to silence
And given us w water 3 of gall to drink,
Because we have sinned against the LORD.
15 " We x looked for peace, but no good came;
And for a time of health, and there was trouble!

16 The snorting of His horses was heard from y Dan.
The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of His z strong ones;
For they have come and devoured the land and all that is in it,
The city and those who dwell in it."
17 "For behold, I will send serpents among you,
Vipers which cannot be a charmed,
And they shall bite you," says the LORD.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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