|Jer 5:1 "Roam back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem,
And look now and take note.
And look in her open squares
To see if you can find a man [as Abraham sought in Sodom],
One who is just, who [has integrity and moral courage and] seeks truth (faithfulness);
Then I will pardon Jerusalem--[for the sake of one uncompromisingly righteous person]. [Gen 18:22-32]
|Jer 5:2 "And though they say, 'As the LORD lives,'
Surely they swear [their oaths] falsely."
|Jer 5:3 O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth?
You [have seen their faithless heart and] have stricken them,
But they did not weaken;
You have consumed them,
But they refused to take correction or instruction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent and return to You.
|Jer 5:4 ¶ Then I said, "[Surely] these are only the poor (uneducated);
They are [sinfully] foolish and have no [spiritual] understanding,
For they do not know the way of the LORD
Or the ordinance of their God [and the requirements of His just and righteous law].
|Jer 5:5 "I will go to the great [men]
And speak to them,
For they [must] know the way of the LORD,
The ordinance of their God."
But [I found the reverse to be true, that] they too had all alike broken the yoke [of God's law]
And had burst the bonds [of obedience to Him].
|Jer 5:6 Therefore a lion from the forest will kill them,
A wolf of the deserts will destroy them,
A leopard is watching their cities.
Everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces,
Because their transgressions are many,
Their desertions of faith are countless.
|Jer 5:7 ¶ "Why should I [overlook these offenses and] forgive you?
Your children have abandoned (rejected) Me
And sworn [their oaths] by those who are not gods.
When I had fed them until they were full [and bound them to Me by a promise],
They committed [spiritual] adultery,
Assembling in troops at the houses of prostitutes (idols).
|Jer 5:8 "They were like well-fed, lusty stallions,
Each one neighing after his neighbor's wife.
|Jer 5:9 "Shall I not punish them [for these things]?" says the LORD;
"Shall I not avenge Myself
On a nation such as this?"
|Jer 5:10 ¶ "Go up through the rows of Jerusalem's vineyards and destroy [them],
But do not completely destroy everything.
Strip away her branches and the tendrils [of her vines],
For they are not the LORD'S.
|Jer 5:11 "For the house of Israel and the house of Judah
Have dealt very treacherously (faithlessly) with Me," declares the LORD.
|Jer 5:12 They have lied about and denied the LORD
By saying, "It is not He [who speaks through His prophets];
Misfortune and evil shall not come on us,
Nor will we see war or famine.
|Jer 5:13 "The prophets are like the wind [their prophecy will not come to pass],
And the word [of God] is not in them.
In this manner it will be done to them [as they prophesied, not to us]."
|Jer 5:14 ¶ Therefore, thus says the LORD God of hosts,
"Because you [people] have spoken this word,
Behold, I am making My words a fire in your mouth [Jeremiah]
And this people wood, and My words will consume them.
|Jer 5:15 "Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from far away, O house of Israel," says the LORD.
"It is a mighty and enduring nation,
It is an ancient nation,
A nation whose language you do not know,
Whose words you do not comprehend.
|Jer 5:16 "Their quiver is [filled with the dead] like an open grave;
They are all mighty men [heroes of their nation].
|Jer 5:17 "They will consume your harvest and [eat up] your bread;
They will consume your sons and your daughters;
They will consume your flocks and your herds;
They will consume your vines and your fig trees.
With the sword they will break down and demolish your fortified cities in which you trust.
|Jer 5:18 ¶ "But even in those days," says the LORD, "I will not totally destroy you.|
|Jer 5:19 "It will come about when your people say, 'Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?' then you shall answer them, 'As you have abandoned (rejected) Me,' [says the LORD,] 'and have served strange and foreign gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.'|
|Jer 5:20 ¶ "Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying:
|Jer 5:21 'Now hear this, O foolish people without heart,
Who have eyes but do not see,
Who have ears but do not hear. [Is 6:9, 10; Matt 13:10-15; Mark 8:17, 18]
|Jer 5:22 'Do you not fear Me?' says the LORD.
'Do you not tremble [in awe] in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal decree and a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass.
Though the waves [of the sea] toss and break, yet they cannot prevail [against the sand ordained to hold them back];
Though the waves and the billows roar, yet they cannot cross over [the barrier].
[Is not such a God to be feared?]
|Jer 5:23 'But this people has a stubborn heart and a rebellious will [that draws them away from Me];
They have turned away and have gone [into idolatry].
|Jer 5:24 'They do not say in their heart,
"Let us now fear and worship the LORD our God [with profound awe and reverence],
Who gives rain in its season,
Both the autumn and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The appointed weeks of the harvest."
|Jer 5:25 'Your wickedness has turned these [blessings] away,
And your sins have withheld good [harvests] from you.
|Jer 5:26 'For wicked men are found among My people,
They watch like fowlers who lie in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch men.
|Jer 5:27 'As a cage is full of birds,
So are their houses full of deceit and treachery;
Therefore they have become influential and rich.
|Jer 5:28 'They are fat and they are sleek (prosperous),
They excel in acts of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the orphan, so that they [the wicked] may prosper,
And they do not defend the rights of the poor.
|Jer 5:29 'Shall I not punish them [for these things]?' says the LORD.
'Shall I not avenge Myself
On such a nation as this?'
|Jer 5:30 ¶ "An appalling and horrible thing [bringing desolation and destruction]
Has come to pass in the land:
|Jer 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule on their own authority;
And My people love [to have] it so!
But what will you do when the end comes?