Sin and Treachery

“You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
(A)When men fall, do they not rise again?
    If one turns away, does he not return?
Why then has this people (B)turned away
    in perpetual (C)backsliding?
(D)They hold fast to deceit;
    they refuse to return.
(E)I have paid attention and listened,
    but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
    saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
    (F)like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
Even the stork in the heavens
    knows her times,
and (G)the turtledove, (H)swallow, and crane[a]
    keep the time of their coming,
(I)but my people know not
    the rules[b] of the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 8:7 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  2. Jeremiah 8:7 Or just decrees

16 Like a stubborn heifer,
    Israel is stubborn;
can the Lord now feed them
    like a lamb in a broad pasture?

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