NASB — Jeremiah 5 — KJV

Jerusalem’s Godlessness

  1aRoam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
  And look now and take note.
  And seek in her open squares,
  If you can bfind a man,
  cIf there is one who does justice, who seeks Itruth,
  Then I will pardon her.
  2 “And aalthough they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’
  Surely they swear falsely.”
  3 O LORD, do not aYour eyes [look] for Itruth?
  You have bsmitten them,
  [But] they did not IIweaken;
  You have consumed them,
  But they crefused to take correction.
  They have dmade their faces harder than rock;
  They have refused to repent.

[1] ILit faithfulness a2Ch 16:9; Dn 12:4 bEzk 22:30 cGn 18:26, 32
[2] aIs 48:1; Tit 1:16
[3] ILit faithfulness IIOr become sick a2Ch 16:9 bIs 1:5; 9:13; Jr 2:30 cJr 7:28; 8:5; Zp 3:2 dJr 7:26; 19:15; Ezk 3:8

  4 ¶ Then I said, “They are only the poor,
  They are foolish;
  For they ado not know the way of the LORD
  [Or] the ordinance of their God.
  5 “I will go to the great
  And will speak to them,
  For athey know the way of the LORD
  [And] the ordinance of their God.”
  But they too, with one accord, have bbroken the yoke
  [And] burst the bonds.
  6 Therefore aa lion from the forest will slay them,
  A bwolf of the deserts will destroy them,
  A cleopard is watching their cities.
  Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces,
  Because their dtransgressions are many,
  Their apostasies are numerous.

[4] aIs 27:11; Jr 8:7; Ho 4:6
[5] aMi 3:1 bEx 32:25; Ps 2:3; Jr 2:20
[6] aJr 4:7 bEzk 22:27; Hab 1:8; Zp 3:3 cHo 13:7 dJr 30:14, 15

  7 ¶ “Why should I pardon you?
  Your sons have forsaken Me
  And asworn by those who are bnot gods.
  When I had fed them to the full,
  They ccommitted adultery
  And trooped to the harlot’s house.
  8 “They were well-fed lusty horses,
  Each one neighing after his aneighbor’s wife.
  9 “Shall I not punish Ithese [people],” declares the LORD,
  “And on a nation such as this
  aShall I not avenge Myself?

[7] aJsh 23:7; Jr 12:16; Zp 1:5 bDt 32:21; Jr 2:11; Ga 4:8 cJr 7:9
[8] aJr 13:27; 29:23; Ezk 22:11
[9] IOr for these things aJr 9:9

  10 ¶ “Go up through her vine rows and destroy,
  But do not execute a complete destruction;
  Strip away her branches,
  For they are not the LORDS.
  11 “For the ahouse of Israel and the house of Judah
  Have dealt very treacherously with Me,” declares the LORD.
  12 They have alied about the LORD
  And said, “IbNot He;
  Misfortune will cnot come on us,
  And we dwill not see sword or famine.
  13 “The aprophets are [as] wind,
  And the word is not in them.
  Thus it will be done to them!”

[11] aJr 3:6, 7, 20
[12] ILit He is not a2Ch 36:16 bPv 30:9; Jr 14:22; 43:1-4 cJr 23:17 dJr 14:13
[13] aJb 8:2; Jr 14:13, 15; 22:22

Judgment Proclaimed

  14 ¶ Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts,
  “Because you have spoken this word,
  Behold, I am amaking My words in your mouth fire
  And this people wood, and it will consume them.
  15 “Behold, I am abringing a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,” declares the LORD.
  “It is an enduring nation,
  It is an ancient nation,
  A nation whose blanguage you do not know,
  Nor can you understand what they say.
  16 “Their aquiver is like an bopen grave,
  All of them are mighty men.
  17 “They will adevour your harvest and your food;
  They will devour your sons and your daughters;
  They will devour your flocks and your herds;
  They will devour your bvines and your fig trees;
  They will demolish with the sword your cfortified cities in which you trust.

[14] aIs 24:6; Jr 1:9; 23:29; Ho 6:5; Zc 1:6
[15] aDt 28:49; Is 5:26; Jr 4:16 bIs 28:11
[16] aIs 5:28; 13:18 bPs 5:9
[17] aLv 26:16; Dt 28:31, 33; Jr 8:16; 50:7, 17 bJr 8:13 cHo 8:14

18 ¶ “Yet even in those days,” declares the LORD, “I will not make you a complete destruction. 19 It shall come about awhen Ithey say, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?’ then you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you will bserve strangers in a land that is not yours.’

[19] IOr you aDt 29:24-26; 1K 9:8, 9; Jr 13:22; 16:10-13 bDt 28:48; Jr 16:13

  20 ¶ “Declare this in the house of Jacob
  And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
  21 ‘Now hear this, O foolish and Isenseless people,
  Who have aeyes but do not see;
  Who have ears but do not hear.
  22 ‘Do you not afear Me?’ declares the LORD.
  ‘Do you not tremble in My presence?
  For I have bplaced the sand as a boundary for the sea,
  An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it.
  Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail;
  Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.
  23 ‘But this people has a astubborn and rebellious heart;
  They have turned aside and departed.
  24 ‘They do not say in their heart,
  “Let us now fear the LORD our God,
  Who agives rain in its season,
  Both bthe autumn rain and the spring rain,
  Who keeps for us
  The cappointed weeks of the harvest.”
  25 ‘Your ainiquities have turned these away,
  And your sins have withheld good from you.
  26 ‘For wicked men are found among My people,
  They awatch like fowlers Ilying in wait;
  They set a trap,
  They catch men.
  27 ‘Like a cage full of birds,
  So their houses are full of adeceit;
  Therefore they have become great and rich.
  28 ‘They are afat, they are sleek,
  They also Iexcel in deeds of wickedness;
  They do not plead the cause,
  The cause of the IIborphan, that they may prosper;
  And they do not IIIdefend the rights of the poor.
  29aShall I not punish Ithese [people]?’ declares the LORD,
  ‘On a nation such as this
  Shall I not avenge Myself?’

[21] ILit without heart aIs 6:9; 43:8; Ezk 12:2; Mt 13:14; Mk 8:18; Jn 12:40; Ac 28:26; Ro 11:8
[22] aDt 28:58; Ps 119:120; Jr 2:19; 10:7; Rv 15:4 bJb 38:8-11; Ps 104:9; Pv 8:29
[23] aDt 21:18; Ps 78:8; Jr 4:17; 6:28
[24] aPs 147:8; Jr 3:3; Mt 5:45; Ac 14:17 bJol 2:23 cGn 8:22
[25] aJr 2:17; 4:18
[26] IPerhaps, crouching down aPs 10:9; Pv 1:11; Jr 18:22; Hab 1:15
[27] aJr 9:6
[28] ILit pass over, or, overlook deeds IIOr fatherless IIILit judge aDt 32:15 bIs 1:23; Jr 7:6; 22:3; Zc 7:10
[29] IOr for these things aJr 5:9; Mal 3:5

  30 ¶ “An appalling and ahorrible thing
  Has happened in the land:
  31 The aprophets prophesy falsely,
  And the priests rule Ion their [own] authority;
  And My people blove it so!
  But what will you do at the end of it?

[30] aJr 23:14; Ho 6:10
[31] ILit over their own hands aEzk 13:6 bMi 2:11


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The judgments of God upon the Jews, for their perverseness,

1 ¶ Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be [any] that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. 2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely. 3 O LORD, [are] not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, [but] they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. 4 Therefore I said, Surely these [are] poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, [nor] the judgment of their God. 5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, [and] the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, [and] burst the bonds. 6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, [and] a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, [and] their backslidings are increased.

[1] Gn 18:23; 1K 19:10; 2Ch 16:9; Ps 12:1; 14:3; 53:2; Pv 2:4; 8:3; 20:6; 23:23; So 3:2; Is 59:4, 14; Ezk 22:30; Dn 12:4; Jol 2:9; Am 8:12; Mi 7:1; Zc 2:4; Lk 14:21; 2Th 2:10.
[2] Lv 19:12; Is 48:1; Jr 4:2; 7:9; Ho 4:1, 15; 10:4; Zc 5:3; Mal 3:5; 1Ti 1:10; 2Ti 3:5; Tit 1:16.
[3] 2Ch 16:9; 28:22; Ps 11:4; 51:6; Pv 21:29; 22:12; 23:35; 27:22; Is 1:5; 9:13; 42:25; 48:4; Jr 2:30; 7:28; 32:19; Ezk 3:7; 24:13; Zp 3:1, 7; Zc 7:11; Ro 2:2, 4; He 12:9.
[4] Is 27:11; 28:9; Jr 4:22; 7:8; 8:7; Ho 4:6; Mt 11:5; Jn 7:48.
[5] Ps 2:2; Jr 6:13; Ezk 22:6, 25; Am 4:1; Mi 3:1, 11; 7:3; Zp 3:3; Mal 2:7; Mt 19:23; Lk 18:24; 19:14; Ac 4:26; Jm 2:5.
[6] Nu 32:14; Ezr 9:6; 10:10; Ps 104:20; Is 59:12; Jr 2:15, 17, 19; 4:7; 9:12; 14:7; 16:10; 25:38; 30:24; 49:19; Lm 1:5; Ezk 14:16; 16:25; 22:27; 23:19; Dn 7:4, 6; Ho 5:14; 13:7; Am 5:18; Na 2:11; Hab 1:8; Zp 3:3; Rv 13:2.

for their adultery,

7 ¶ How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by [them that are] no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. 8 They were [as] fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife. 9 Shall I not visit for these [things]? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

[7] Lv 20:10; Nu 25:1; Dt 32:15, 21; Jsh 23:7; Ps 50:18; Jr 2:11, 31; 3:19; 9:2; 12:16; 13:27; 23:10; 29:22; Ezk 16:49; 22:11; Ho 4:2, 13, 15; 7:4; 11:8; 13:6; Am 8:14; Zp 1:5; Mal 3:5; Mt 23:37; 1Co 6:9; 8:4; Ga 4:8; He 13:4; Jm 4:4; 5:1.
[8] Gn 39:9; Ex 20:14, 17; Dt 5:18, 21; 2S 11:2; Jb 31:9; Jr 13:27; Mt 5:27.
[9] Lv 26:25; Dt 32:35, 43; Is 1:24; Jr 5:29; 9:9; 23:2; 44:22; Lm 4:22; Ezk 5:13; 7:9; Ho 2:13; 8:13; Na 1:2.

for their impiety,

10 ¶ Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they [are] not the LORD'S. 11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD. 12 They have belied the LORD, and said, [It is] not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: 13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word [is] not in them: thus shall it be done unto them. 14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. 15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it [is] a mighty nation, it [is] an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say. 16 Their quiver [is] as an open sepulchre, they [are] all mighty men. 17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, [which] thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword. 18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you.

[10] 2K 24:2; 2Ch 36:17; Ps 78:61; Is 10:5; 13:1; Jr 4:27; 5:18; 6:4; 7:4; 25:9; 30:11; 39:8; 46:28; 51:20; Ezk 9:5; 12:16; 14:17; Ho 1:9; Am 9:8; Mt 22:7.
[11] Is 48:8; Jr 3:6, 20; Ho 5:7; 6:7.
[12] Dt 29:19; 1S 6:9; 2Ch 36:16; Ps 10:6; Is 28:14; Jr 4:10; 5:31; 14:13; 23:14, 17; 28:4, 15; 43:2; Ezk 12:22; 13:6; Mi 2:11; 3:11; Hab 1:5; 1Th 5:2; 1Jn 5:10.
[13] Jb 6:26; 8:2; Jr 14:13, 15; 18:18; 20:8; 28:3; Ho 9:7.
[14] 2K 1:10; Jr 1:9; 23:29; 28:15; Ho 6:5; Zc 1:6; Rv 11:5.
[15] Dt 28:49; Is 5:7, 26; 28:11; 29:3, 6; 33:19; Jr 1:15; 2:26; 4:16; 5:11; 6:22; 9:26; 25:9; Ezk 18:31; Dn 2:37; 7:7; Hab 1:5; Mt 3:9; 1Co 14:21.
[16] Ps 5:9; Is 5:28; Ro 3:13.
[17] Lv 26:16; Dt 28:30, 33; Jg 6:3; Is 62:9; 65:22; Jr 1:15; 4:7, 26; Lm 2:2; Ezk 36:4; Hab 3:17; Zp 3:6.
[18] Jr 4:27; 5:10; Ezk 9:8; 11:13; Ro 11:1.

for their contempt of God,

19 ¶ And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these [things] unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land [that is] not yours. 20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, 21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: 22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand [for] the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? 23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. 24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

[19] Dt 4:25; 28:47; 29:24; 1K 9:8; 2Ch 7:21; Jr 2:13, 35; 13:22; 16:10; 22:8; Lm 5:8.
[21] Dt 29:4; 32:6; Ps 94:8; Pv 17:16; Is 6:9; 27:11; 44:18; Jr 4:22; 5:4; 8:7; 10:8; Ezk 12:2; Ho 7:11; Mt 13:13; Jn 12:40; Ac 28:26; Ro 11:8.
[22] Dt 28:58; Jb 26:10; 38:10; Ps 33:7; 93:3; 99:1; 104:9; 119:120; Pv 8:29; Is 50:2; 66:5; Jr 10:7; Dn 6:26; Am 9:6; Na 1:4; Mt 10:28; Mk 4:39; Lk 12:5; Rv 15:4.
[23] Ps 95:10; Is 1:5; 31:6; Jr 5:5; 6:28; 17:9; Ho 4:8; 11:7; He 3:12.
[24] Gn 8:22; Dt 11:13; 28:12; 1K 17:1; Jb 5:10; 36:27; 38:37; Ps 147:8; Is 64:7; Jr 5:22; 14:22; 50:5; Ho 3:5; 6:1; Jol 2:23; Am 4:7; Zc 10:1; Mt 5:45; Ac 14:17; Jm 5:7, 17; Rv 11:6.

and for their great corruption in the civil state,

25 ¶ Your iniquities have turned away these [things], and your sins have withholden good [things] from you. 26 For among my people are found wicked [men]: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so [are] their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. 29 Shall I not visit for these [things]? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

[25] Dt 28:23; Ps 107:17, 34; Is 59:2; Jr 2:17; 3:3; Lm 3:39; 4:22.
[26] 1S 19:10; Ps 10:9; 64:5; Pv 1:11, 17; Is 58:1; Jr 4:22; 18:22; Ezk 22:2; Hab 1:14; Lk 5:10.
[27] Pv 1:11; Ho 12:7; Am 8:4; Mi 1:12; 6:10; Hab 2:9; Rv 18:2.
[28] Dt 32:15; Jb 12:6; 15:27; 21:23; 29:12; Ps 72:4; 73:6, 12; 82:2; 119:70; Is 1:23; Jr 2:33; 12:1; 22:15; Ezk 5:6; 16:47; Am 4:1; Zc 7:10; 1Co 5:1; Jm 5:4.
[29] Jr 5:9; 9:9; Mal 3:5; Jm 5:4.

and ecclesiastical.

30 ¶ A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love [to have it] so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

[30] Is 1:2; Jr 2:12; 23:14; Ho 6:10.
[31] Dt 32:29; Is 10:3; 20:6; 30:10; 33:14; Jr 4:30; 14:14; 22:22; 23:25; Lm 1:9; 2:14; Ezk 13:6; 22:14; Mi 2:6, 11; 3:11; Zp 2:2; Mt 7:15; Jn 3:19; 2Co 11:13; 2Th 2:9; 2Ti 4:3; 2P 2:1.


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