NASB — Jeremiah 12 — KJV

Jeremiah’s Prayer

  1 aRighteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead [my] case with You;
  Indeed I would bdiscuss matters of justice with You:
  Why has the cway of the wicked prospered?
  [Why] are all those who ddeal in treachery at ease?
  2 You have aplanted them, they have also taken root;
  They grow, they have even produced fruit.
  You are bnear Ito their lips
  But far from their IImind.
  3 But You aknow me, O LORD;
  You see me;
  And You bexamine my heart’s [attitude] toward You.
  Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter
  And Iset them apart for a cday of carnage!
  4 How long is the aland to mourn
  And the bvegetation of the countryside to wither?
  For the cwickedness of those who dwell in it,
  dAnimals and birds have been snatched away,
  Because [men] have said, “He will not see our latter eending.”

[1] aEzr 9:15; Ps 51:4; 129:4; Jr 11:20 bJb 13:3 cJb 12:6; Jr 5:27, 28; Hab 1:4; Mal 3:15 dJr 3:7, 20; 5:11
[2] ILit in their mouth IILit kidneys aJr 11:17; 45:4; Ezk 17:5-10 bIs 29:13; Jr 3:10; Ezk 33:31; Tit 1:16
[3] ILit sanctify them aPs 139:1-4 bPs 7:9; 11:5; Jr 11:20 cJr 17:18; 50:27; Jm 5:5
[4] aJr 4:28; 9:10; 23:10 bJol 1:10-17 cPs 107:34 dJr 4:25; 7:20; 9:10; Ho 4:3; Hab 3:17 eJr 5:31; Ezk 7:2

  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 Iathicket of the Jordan?
  6 “For even your abrothers 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 bnice things to you.”

[5] ILit pride aJr 49:19; 50:44
[6] aGn 37:4-11; Jb 6:15; Ps 69:8; Jr 9:4, 5 bPs 12:2; Pv 26:25

God’s Answer

  7 ¶ “I have aforsaken My house,
  I have abandoned My inheritance;
  I have given the bbeloved of My soul
  Into the hand of her enemies.
  8 “My inheritance has become to Me
  Like a lion in the forest;
  She has Iaroared against Me;
  Therefore I have come to bhate her.
  9 “Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me?
  Are the abirds of prey against her on every side?
  Go, gather all the bbeasts of the field,
  Bring them to devour!
  10 “Many ashepherds have ruined My bvineyard,
  They have ctrampled down My field;
  They have made My dpleasant field
  A desolate wilderness.
  11IIt has been made a desolation,
  Desolate, it amourns IIbefore Me;
  The bwhole land has been made desolate,
  Because no man clays it to heart.
  12 “On all the Iabare heights in the wilderness
  Destroyers have come,
  For a bsword of the LORD is devouring
  From one end of the land even to the IIother;
  There is cno peace for IIIanyone.
  13 “They have asown wheat and have reaped thorns,
  They have bstrained themselves Ito no profit.
  But be ashamed of your IIcharvest
  Because of the dfierce anger of the LORD.”

[7] aIs 2:6; Jr 7:29; 23:39 bJr 11:15; Ho 11:1-8
[8] ILit raised her voice aIs 59:13 bHo 9:15; Am 6:8
[9] a2K 24:2; Ezk 23:22-25 bIs 56:9; Jr 7:33; 15:3; 34:20
[10] aJr 6:3; 23:1 bPs 80:8-16; Is 5:1-7 cIs 63:18 dJr 3:19
[11] ILit One has made it IIOr upon aJr 12:4; 14:2; 23:10 bJr 4:20, 27; 25:11 cIs 42:25
[12] IOr caravan trails IILit other end of the land IIILit all flesh aJr 3:2, 21 bIs 34:6; Jr 47:6; Am 9:4 cJr 16:5; 30:5
[13] ILit they do not profit IILit products aLv 26:16; Dt 28:38; Mi 6:15; Hg 1:6 bIs 55:2; Jr 9:5 cJr 17:10 dJr 4:26; 25:37, 38

14 ¶ Thus says the LORD concerning all My awicked neighbors who bstrike at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, “Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will cuproot the house of Judah from among them. 15 And it will come about that after I have uprooted them, I will aagain have compassion on them; and I will bbring them back, each one to his inheritance and each one to his land. 16 Then if they will really alearn the ways of My people, to bswear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ even as they taught My people to cswear by Baal, they will be dbuilt up in the midst of My people. 17 But if they will not listen, then I will auproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the LORD.

[14] aJr 49:1, 7; Zp 2:8-10 bJr 2:3; 50:11, 12; Zc 2:8 cDt 30:3; Ps 106:47; Is 11:11-16
[15] aJr 48:47; 49:6, 39 bAm 9:14
[16] aIs 42:6; 49:6 bJr 4:2; Zp 1:5 cJsh 23:7; Jr 5:7 dJr 3:17; 4:2; 16:19
[17] aPs 2:8-12; Is 60:12


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Jeremiah, complaining of the wicked's prosperity, by faith seeth their ruin.

1 ¶ Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of [thy] judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? [wherefore] are all they happy that deal very treacherously? 2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou [art] near in their mouth, and far from their reins. 3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter. 4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.

[1] Gn 18:25; Dt 32:4; Jb 12:6; 13:3; 21:7; Ps 37:1, 35; 51:4; 73:3; 92:7; 94:3; 119:75, 137; 145:17; Pv 1:32; Is 41:21; 48:8; Jr 5:11, 28; 11:20; 12:6; Dn 9:7; Ho 6:7; Hab 1:4, 13; Zp 3:5; Mal 3:15; Ro 3:5.
[2] Is 29:13; Jr 11:17; 45:4; Ezk 17:5; 19:10; 33:31; Mt 15:8; Mk 7:6; Tit 1:16.
[3] 2K 20:3; 1Ch 29:17; Jb 23:10; Ps 17:3; 26:1; 44:21, 22; 139:1, 23; Jr 11:19, 20; 17:18; 18:21; 20:12; 48:15; 50:27; 51:4; Jn 21:17; Jm 5:5; 1Jn 3:20.
[4] Ps 50:21; 107:34; Jr 4:25; 5:13, 31; 7:20; 9:10; 14:2; 23:10; Ezk 7:2; Ho 4:3; Jol 1:10; Hab 3:17; Ro 8:22.

God admonisheth him of his brethren's treachery against him,

5 ¶ If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and [if] in the land of peace, [wherein] thou trustedst, [they wearied thee], then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? 6 For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.

[5] Jsh 3:15; 1Ch 12:15; Ps 42:7; 69:1; Pv 3:11; 24:10; Jr 26:8; 36:26; 38:4; 49:19; 50:44; He 12:3; 1P 4:12.
[6] Gn 37:4; Jb 6:15; Ps 12:2; 69:8; Pv 26:25; Is 31:4; Jr 9:4; 11:19, 21; 20:10; Ezk 33:30; Mi 7:5; Mt 10:21; 22:16; Mk 12:12; Jn 7:5; Ac 16:22; 18:12; 19:24; 21:28.

and lamenteth his heritage.

7 ¶ I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies. 8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it. 9 Mine heritage [is] unto me [as] a speckled bird, the birds round about [are] against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour. 10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. 11 They have made it desolate, [and being] desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth [it] to heart. 12 The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the [one] end of the land even to the [other] end of the land: no flesh shall have peace. 13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, [but] shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

[7] Ps 78:59; Is 2:6; Jr 7:14; 11:15; 51:5; Lm 2:1; Ezk 7:20; 24:21; Ho 9:15; Jol 2:15; 3:2; Lk 21:24.
[8] Jr 2:15; 51:38; Ho 9:15; Am 6:8; Zc 11:8.
[9] 2K 24:2; Is 56:9; Jr 2:15; 7:33; Ezk 16:36; 23:22; 39:17; Rv 17:16; 19:17.
[10] Ps 80:8; Is 5:1; 43:28; 63:18; Jr 3:19; 6:3; 25:9; 39:3; Lm 1:10; Lk 20:9; 21:14; Rv 11:2.
[11] Ec 7:2; Is 42:25; 57:1; Jr 6:8; 9:11; 10:22, 25; 12:4; 14:2; 19:8; 23:10; Lm 1:1; Zc 7:5; Mal 2:2.
[12] Lv 26:33; Is 34:6; 57:21; 66:15; Jr 4:11; 9:19; 15:2; 34:17; 47:6; 48:2; Ezk 5:2; 14:17; Am 9:4; Zp 2:12; Mt 24:21; Rv 6:4; 19:16.
[13] Lv 26:16; Dt 28:38; Is 30:1; 31:1; 55:2; Jr 3:23; Mi 6:15; Hab 2:13; Hg 1:6; 2:16; Ro 6:21.

He promiseth to the penitent return from captivity.

14 ¶ Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. 15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. 16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people. 17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.

[14] Dt 30:3; Ps 105:15; 106:47; Is 11:11; Jr 2:3; 3:18; 32:37; 48:1, 26; 49:1, 7; 50:9; 51:33; Ezk 25:1, 3; 28:25; 34:12; 35:1; 36:24; 37:21; 39:27; Ho 1:11; Am 1:2; 9:14; Ob 1:10; Zp 2:8; 3:19; Zc 1:15; 2:8; 10:6; 12:2.
[15] Nu 32:18; Dt 3:20; 30:3; Is 23:17; Jr 48:47; 49:6, 39.
[16] Dt 10:20; Jsh 23:7; Ps 106:35; So 1:8; Is 9:18; 19:23; 45:23; 56:5; 65:16; Jr 4:2; 5:2; Zp 1:5; Zc 2:11; Ro 11:17; 14:11; 1Co 3:9; Ep 2:19; 1P 2:4.
[17] Ps 2:8; Is 60:12; Jr 12:14; 18:7; 31:28; Ezk 19:12; Dn 7:4; 11:4; Zc 14:16; Lk 19:27; 2Th 1:8; 1P 2:6.


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