20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
21 ‘Now hear this, you foolish and [a]senseless people,
Who have (A)eyes but do not see,
Who have ears but do not hear.
22 Do you not (B)fear Me?’ declares the Lord.
‘Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have (C)placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal limit, and it will not cross over it.
Though the waves toss, they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, they will not cross over it.
23 But this people has a (D)stubborn and rebellious heart;
They have turned aside and departed.
24 They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the Lord our God,
Who (E)gives rain in its season,
Both (F)the autumn rain and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The (G)appointed weeks of the harvest.”
25 Your (H)wrongdoings have turned these away,
And your sins have kept good away from you.
26 For wicked people are found among My people,
They (I)watch like fowlers [b]lying in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch people.
27 Like a cage full of birds,
So their houses are full of (J)deceit;
Therefore they have become great and rich.
28 They are (K)fat, they are sleek,
They also [c]excel in deeds of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the [d](L)orphan, so that they may be successful;
And they do not [e]defend the rights of the poor.
29 (M)Shall I not punish them for these things?’ declares the Lord,
‘Or shall I not avenge Myself
On a nation such as this?’

30 “An appalling and (N)horrible thing
Has happened in the land:
31 The (O)prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule [f]on their own authority;
And My people (P)love it this way!
But what will you do [g]when the end comes?

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  1. Jeremiah 5:21 Lit without heart
  2. Jeremiah 5:26 Perhaps, crouching down
  3. Jeremiah 5:28 Lit pass over; or overlook deeds
  4. Jeremiah 5:28 Or fatherless
  5. Jeremiah 5:28 Lit judge
  6. Jeremiah 5:31 Lit over their own hands
  7. Jeremiah 5:31 Lit at the end of it