'Roam about through the streets of Jerusalem, And look and take notice. And seek in her public squares, If you can find a person, If there is one who does justice, who seeks honesty, Then I will forgive her.
And although they say, ‘As the LORD lives,’ Certainly they swear falsely.'
LORD, do Your eyes not look
for honesty? You have struck them, But they did not weaken; You have consumed them, But
they refused to accept discipline. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to repent.
Then I said, 'They are only the poor, They are foolish; For they do not know the way of the LORD Or
the judgment of their God.
I will go to the great And speak to them, For they know the way of the LORD And
the judgment of their God.' But together they too
have broken the yoke And
burst the restraints.
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 will be torn in pieces, Because their wrongdoings are many, Their apostasies are numerous.
'Why should I forgive you? Your sons have forsaken Me And sworn by those who are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, They committed adultery And stayed at the prostitute’s house.
They were well-fed lusty horses, Each one neighing at his neighbor’s wife.
Shall I not punish them
for these things?
' declares the LORD, 'And shall I not avenge Myself On a nation such as this?
'Go up through her vine rows and destroy, But do not execute a complete destruction; Strip away her branches, For they are not the LORD’S.
For the house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me,' declares the LORD.
They have lied about the LORD And said, 'Not He; Misfortune will not come upon us, Nor will we see sword or famine.
The prophets are as
wind, And the word is not in them. So it will be done to them!'
Therefore, this is what the LORD, the God of armies says: 'Because you have spoken this word, Behold, I am making My words fire in your mouth, And this people wood, and it will consume them.
Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from far away, you house of Israel,' declares the LORD. 'It is an enduring nation, It is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, Nor can you understand what they say.