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Jeremiah Chapter 5 | Parsha:

1Roam the streets of Jerusalem,
Search its squares,
Look about and take note:
You will not find a man,
There is none who acts justly,
Who seeks integrity—
That I should pardon her.

2Even when they say, “As the Lord lives,”
They are sure to be swearing falsely.

3O Lord, Your eyes look for integrity.
You have struck them, but they sensed no pain;
You have consumed them, but they would accept
no discipline.
They made their faces harder than rock,
They refused to turn back.

4Then I thought: These are just poor folk;
They act foolishly;
For they do not know the way of the Lord,
The rules of their God.

5So I will go to the wealthy
And speak with them:
Surely they know the way of the Lord,
The rules of their God.
But they as well had broken the yoke,
Had snapped the bonds.

The lion of the forest strikes them down,
The wolf of the desert ravages them.
A leopard lies in wait by their towns;
Whoever leaves them will be torn in pieces.
For their transgressions are many,
Their rebellious acts unnumbered.

7Why should I forgive you?
Your children have forsaken Me
And sworn by no-gods.
When I fed them their fill,
They committed adultery
And went trooping to the harlot’s house.

8They were well-fed, lusty stallions,
Each neighing at another’s wife.

9Shall I not punish such deeds?
—says the Lord—
Shall I not bring retribution
On a nation such as this?

10Go up among her vines and destroy;
Lop off her trailing branches,
For they are not of the Lord.
(But do not make an end.)

11For the House of Israel and the House of Judah
Have betrayed Me
—declares the Lord.

12They have been false to the Lord
And said: “It is not so!
No trouble shall come upon us,
We shall not see sword or famine.

13The prophets shall prove mere wind
For the Word is not in them;
Thus-and-thus shall be done to them!”

14Assuredly, thus said the Lord,
The God of Hosts:
Because they said that,
I am putting My words into your mouth as fire,
And this people shall be firewood,
Which it will consume.

15Lo, I am bringing against you, O House of Israel,
A nation from afar
—declares the Lord;
It is an enduring nation,
It is an ancient nation;
A nation whose language you do not know—
You will not understand what they say.

16Their quivers are like a yawning grave—
They are all mighty men.

17They will devour your harvest and food,
They will devour your sons and daughters,
They will devour your flocks and herds,
They will devour your vines and fig trees.
They will batter down with the sword
The fortified towns on which you rely.

18But even in those days—declares the Lord—I will not make an end of you. 19And when they ask, “Because of what did the Lord our God do all these things?” you shall answer them, “Because you forsook Me and served alien gods on your own land, you will have to serve foreigners in a land not your own.”

20Proclaim this to the House of Jacob
And announce it in Judah:

21Hear this, O foolish people,
Devoid of intelligence,
That have eyes but can’t see,
That have ears but can’t hear!

22Should you not revere Me
—says the Lord—
Should you not tremble before Me,
Who set the sand as a boundary to the sea,
As a limit for all time, not to be transgressed?
Though its waves toss, they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, they cannot pass it.

23Yet this people has a wayward and defiant heart;
They have turned aside and gone their way.

24They have not said to themselves,
“Let us revere the Lord our God,
Who gives the rain,
The early and late rain in season,
Who keeps for our benefit
The weeks appointed for harvest.”

25It is your iniquities that have diverted these things,
Your sins that have withheld the bounty from you.

26For among My people are found wicked men,
Who lurk, like fowlers lying in wait;
They set up a trap to catch men.

27As a cage is full of birds,
So their houses are full of guile;
That is why they have grown so wealthy.

28They have become fat and sleek;
They pass beyond the bounds of wickedness,
And they prosper.
They will not judge the case of the orphan,
Nor give a hearing to the plea of the needy.

29Shall I not punish such deeds
—says the Lord—
Shall I not bring retribution
On a nation such as this?

30An appalling, horrible thing
Has happened in the land:

31The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule accordingly;
And My people like it so.
But what will you do at the end of it?

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