The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 5:20–31

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20  Declare ye this in the house of Jacob, and announce it in Judah, saying

20  Proclaim these things to the house of Jacob, and let them be heard in the house of Juda.

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21  Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding, that have eyes, and see not, that have ears, and hear not

21  Hear ye now these things, O foolish and senseless people; who have eyes, and see not; and have ears, and hear not

21  Listen, O foolish people who have no heart! You have eyes, but you do not see, and ears, but you do not hear.

22  Fear ye not Me? saith YHWH; Will ye not tremble at My presence? Who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, an everlasting ordinance, which it cannot pass; and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it.

22  will ye not be afraid of me? saith the Lord; and will ye not fear before me, who have set the sand for a bound to the sea, as a perpetual ordinance, and it shall not pass it: yea, it shall rage, but not prevail; and its waves shall roar, but not pass over it.

22  So then, will you not fear me, says the Lord. And will you not have sorrow before my face? I have placed the shore as a limit for the sea, as an everlasting precept that it will not transgress. And its waves will crash, but they will not prevail; and its waves will swell, but they will not go across.

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23  But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted, and gone.

23  But the heart of this people has become incredulous and provocative; they have turned away and departed.

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24  Neither say they in their heart: 'Let us now fear YHWH our God, that giveth the former rain, and the latter in due season; that keepeth for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.'

24  and they have not said in their heart, Let us fear now the Lord our God, who gives us the early and latter rain, according to the season of the fulfillment of the ordinance of harvest, and has preserved it for us.

24  Neither do they say in their heart, Let us now worship the LORD our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season, who preserves for us the summer crops for the winter.

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25  Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good from you.

25  Your transgressions have turned away these things, and your sins have removed good things from you.

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26  For among My people are found wicked men; they pry, as fowlers lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.

26  For the impious are found among my people; they lie in ambush like fowlers setting snares, for they set traps to catch men.

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27  As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit; therefore they are become great, and waxen rich;

27  As a snare which has been set is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore have they grown great, and become rich

27  Just as a snare is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit. As a result, they have become exalted and enriched.

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28  They are waxen fat, they are become sleek; yea, they overpass in deeds of wickedness; they plead not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, that they might make it to prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

28  and they have transgressed the rule of judgement; they have not judged the cause of the orphan, nor have they judged the cause of the widow.

28  Therefore they have become great and rich and have perverted judgment; they do not execute justice, and they do not judge aright the cause of the orphan; and the cause of the needy they did not judge.

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29  Shall I not punish for these things? saith YHWH; Shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

29  Shall I not visit against these things, says the Lord? Or shall my soul not take vengeance on a nation of this kind?

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30  An appalling and horrible thing is come to pass in the land

30  Shocking and horrible deeds have been done on the land;

30  Astonishing and wondrous things have been done upon the earth.

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31  The prophets prophesy in the service of falsehood, and the priests bear rule at their beck; and My people love to have it so; What then will ye do in the end thereof?