5 The Lord says, “·Walk [or Run] up and down the streets of Jerusalem. Look around and ·discover [know] these things. Search the public squares of the city. If you can find one person who does ·honest [just] things, who ·searches for the truth [or seeks to be faithful], I will forgive this city. 2 Although the people say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’ they ·don’t really mean it [L swear/take an oath falsely].”
3 Lord, ·don’t you [L do your eyes] look for ·truth [faithfulness] in people? You struck ·the people of Judah [L them], but they didn’t feel any ·pain [anguish]. You ·crushed [consumed] them, but they refused to ·learn what is right [L take your correction/instruction]. ·They became more stubborn [L Their faces became harder] than a rock; they refused to ·turn back to God [L return; repent]. 4 But I thought, “These are only the poor, ·foolish people [L they have no sense]. They ·have not learned [L do not know] the ·way [path] of the Lord and ·what their God wants them to do [L the ordinances/judgments of their God]. 5 So I will go to the ·leaders [great; or rich] and talk to them. Surely they ·understand [L know] the ·way [path] of the Lord and ·know what God wants them to do [L the ordinances/judgments of their God].” But even ·the leaders [L they] had all joined together to break their yoke [C abandoning God]; they had snapped off their ropes [C rejecting their dependence on God; 2:20]. 6 So a lion from the forest will ·attack [L strike] them. A wolf from the desert will ·kill [destroy] them. A leopard is ·waiting for [L watching] them near their towns. It will ·tear to pieces [make prey of] anyone who comes out of the city, because the people of Judah have ·sinned [rebelled; transgressed] greatly. ·They have wandered away from the Lord many times [Their apostasies are great].
7 The Lord said, “·Tell me why I should [L How can I…?] forgive you. Your children have ·left [abandoned; forsaken] me and have ·made promises [L sworn] to those who are not gods at all [C idols]. I ·gave your children everything they needed [L satisfied/sated them], but they still ·were like an unfaithful wife to me [committed adultery]. They ·spent much time in [frequented; trooped to] houses of prostitutes. 8 They are like well-fed horses filled with ·sexual desire [lust]; each one ·wants [L neighs after] another man’s wife [3:6–10]. 9 Shouldn’t I punish them [C the people of Judah] for doing these things?” says the Lord. “Shouldn’t I ·give a nation such as this the punishment [L get revenge on a nation as] it deserves?
10 “Go along and ·cut down [destroy] her [C Judah’s] ·vineyards [rows of vines; Is. 5:1–7], but do not ·completely destroy them [L make a complete end; 4:27]. Cut off its branches [C representing the people], because they do not belong to the Lord. 11 The ·families [L houses] of Israel and Judah have been completely ·unfaithful [traitorous; treasonous] to me,” says the Lord.
12 Those people have lied about the Lord and said, “He will not do anything to us! ·Nothing bad [No evil/trouble/harm] will happen to us! We will never see ·war [L sword] or ·hunger [famine]! 13 The prophets are wind [C empty]; the word [C of God] is not in them. Let the bad things they say happen to them.”
14 So this is what the Lord God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] says:
“Because they have spoken this word [C that God would not punish them]. the words I ·give you [L place in your mouth] will be like fire, and these people will be like wood that it ·burns up [consumes; devours]. 15 Listen, ·family [L house] of Israel,” says the Lord, “I will soon bring a nation from far away ·to attack [L against] you. It is an ·old [ancient] nation that has ·lasted [endured] a long time [C Babylon]. ·The people there speak a language [Its language/L tongue] you do not know [C Aramaic or Akkadian]; you cannot ·understand [L hear] what they say. 16 Their ·arrows bring death [L quiver is like an open grave]. All their people are strong warriors. 17 They will ·eat [consume; devour] your crops and your food. They will ·eat [consume; devour] your sons and daughters. They will ·eat [consume; devour] your flocks and herds. They will ·eat [consume; devour] your ·grapes [L vines] and ·figs [L fig trees]. They will destroy with their swords the ·strong, walled [fortified] cities you ·trust [have confidence in].
18 “Yet even ·then [L in those days],” says the Lord, “I will not ·destroy you completely [L make a complete end; v. 10; 4:27]. 19 When the people [C of Judah] ask, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us [C his acts of judgment]?’ then give them this answer: ‘You have ·left [abandoned; forsaken] the Lord and served foreign gods [C idols] in your own land. So now you will serve ·foreigners [L strangers] in a land that does not belong to you.’
20 “·Announce this message [Proclaim this] to the ·family [L house] of Jacob [C Israel], and ·tell it to the nation of [L make this heard in] Judah: 21 Hear this message, you foolish people who have no ·sense [L heart]. They have eyes, but they don’t really see. They have ears, but they don’t really listen [C God’s people are like the idols they worship; Ps. 115:6; 135:17]. 22 ·Surely you are afraid of me [L Do you not fear me?],” says the Lord. “·You should shake with fear [L Do you not tremble…?] in my presence. I am the one who ·made the beaches [L set sand] to be a border for the sea, a ·border [limit] the water can never go past. ·The waves may pound the beach [L They may rise and fall], but they can’t win over it. ·They [L The waves] may roar, but they cannot go beyond it. 23 But this people [C of Judah] ·are stubborn and have turned against me [L have a stubborn and rebellious heart]. They have turned aside and gone away from me. 24 They do not say ·to themselves [L in their hearts], ‘We should fear the Lord our God [Prov. 1:7], who gives us ·autumn [early] and ·spring [late] rains in their seasons, who ·makes sure we have the harvest at the right time [brings us unfailingly the weeks appointed for harvests].’ 25 But your ·evil [iniquities] has kept these [C rain and harvest] away. Your sins have kept you from enjoying good things. 26 There ·are wicked men [L wicked are found] among my people. Like ·those who make nets for catching birds [fowlers], they set their traps to catch people. 27 Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of ·lies [deceit]. They have become ·powerful [great] and rich. 28 They have grown fat and sleek. There is no end to the evil things they do. They do not judge justly. They won’t plead the case of the orphan [Ex. 22:22–24; Deut. 10:18; 24:17, 19–21; 27:19] or help the poor be judged fairly [Ex. 22:25–27; 23:6, 11; Deut. 15:11]. 29 Shouldn’t I punish them [C the people of Judah] for doing these things?” says the Lord. “Shouldn’t I ·give a nation such as this the punishment [L get revenge on a nation as] it deserves [v. 9]?
30 “A terrible and shocking thing has happened in the land [C of Judah]: 31 The prophets ·speak lies [L prophesy falsely; Deut. 18:14–22], and the priests ·take power [rule] ·into their own hands [or by their hand/control], and my people love it this way. But what will you do when the end comes?
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