The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 13:20–27

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20  Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north; where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

20  Lift up thine eyes, O Jerusalem, and behold them that come from the north; where is the flock that was given thee, the sheep of thy glory?

20  Lift up your eyes and see, you who are arriving from the north. Where is the flock that was given to you, your famous cattle?

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21  What wilt thou say, when He shall set the friends over thee as head, whom thou thyself hast trained against thee? Shall not pangs take hold of thee, as of a woman in travail?

21  What wilt thou say when they shall visit thee, for thou didst teach them lessons for rule against thyself; shall not pangs seize thee as a woman in travail?

21  What will you say when he visits upon you? For you have taught them against you, and you have instructed them with your own head. Will not pains take hold of you, as with a woman in labor?

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22  And if thou say in thy heart: 'Wherefore are these things befallen me?'--for the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts uncovered, and thy heels suffer violence.

22  But if you say in your heart, ‘Why have these things happened to me?’ it is because of the greatness of your iniquity that your shame has been uncovered and the soles of your feet have been defiled.

22  And if you say in your heart, Why have these things come upon me? For the greatness of your iniquity are your skirts uncovered and your heels made bare.

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23  Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

23  If the Ethiopian shall change his skin, or the leopardess her spots, then shall ye be able to do good, having learnt evil.

23  Just as a Hindu cannot change his skin or a leopard his spots, you also cannot do good because you are accustomed to do evil.

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24  Therefore will I scatter them, as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.

24  So I scattered them as sticks carried by the wind into the wilderness.

24  And I will scatter them like chaff, which is carried away by the wind in the desert.

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25  This is thy lot, the portion measured unto thee from Me, saith YHWH; because thou hast forgotten Me, and trusted in falsehood.

25  Thus is thy lot, and the reward of your disobedience to me, saith the Lord; as thou didst forget me, and trust in lies,

25  This is your lot, and this is the portion of your measure from me, says the Lord, because you have forgotten me, and you have had confidence in what is false.

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26  Therefore will I also uncover thy skirts upon thy face, and thy shame shall appear.

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27  Thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy harlotry, on the hills in the field have I seen thy detestable acts. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! thou wilt not be made clean! When shall it ever be?

27  For I have seen your adulteries, and your neighing for the wickedness of your fornication, and your abominations upon the hills in the field. Woe to you, Jerusalem! How much longer before you will be made clean after me?”