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Jeremiah Chapter 8 | Parsha: Tsav

1At that time—declares the Lord—the bones of the kings of Judah, of its officers, of the priests, of the prophets, and of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be taken out of their graves 2and exposed to the sun, the moon, and all the host of heaven which they loved and served and followed, to which they turned and bowed down. They shall not be gathered for reburial; they shall become dung upon the face of the earth. 3And death shall be preferable to life for all that are left of this wicked folk, in all the other places to which I shall banish them—declares the Lord of Hosts.

4Say to them: Thus said the Lord:
When men fall, do they not get up again?
If they turn aside, do they not turn back?

5Why is this people—Jerusalem—rebellious
With a persistent rebellion?
They cling to deceit,
They refuse to return.

6I have listened and heard:
They do not speak honestly.
No one regrets his wickedness
And says, “What have I done!”
They all persist in their wayward course
Like a steed dashing forward in the fray.

7Even the stork in the sky knows her seasons,
And the turtledove, swift, and crane
Keep the time of their coming;
But My people pay no heed
To the law of the Lord.

8How can you say, “We are wise,
And we possess the Instruction of the Lord“?
Assuredly, for naught has the pen labored,
For naught the scribes!

9The wise shall be put to shame,
Shall be dismayed and caught;
See, they reject the word of the Lord,
So their wisdom amounts to nothing.

10Assuredly, I will give their wives to others,
And their fields to dispossessors;
For from the smallest to the greatest,
They are all greedy for gain;
Priest and prophet alike,
They all act falsely.

11They offer healing offhand
For the wounds of My poor people,
Saying, “All is well, all is well,”
When nothing is well.

12They have acted shamefully;
They have done abhorrent things—
Yet they do not feel shame,
They cannot be made to blush.
Assuredly, they shall fall among the falling,
They shall stumble at the time of their doom
—said the Lord.

13I will make an end of them
—declares the Lord:
No grapes left on the vine,
No figs on the fig tree,
The leaves all withered;
Whatever I have given them is gone.

14Why are we sitting by?
Let us gather into the fortified cities
And meet our doom there.
For the Lord our God has doomed us,
He has made us drink a bitter draft,
Because we sinned against the Lord.

15We hoped for good fortune, but no happiness came;
For a time of relief—instead there is terror!

16The snorting of their horses was heard from Dan;
At the loud neighing of their steeds
The whole land quaked.
They came and devoured the land and what was in it,
The towns and those who dwelt in them.

17Lo, I will send serpents against you,
Adders that cannot be charmed,
And they shall bite you
—declares the Lord.

18When in grief I would seek comfort,
My heart is sick within me.

19“Is not the Lord in Zion?
Is not her King within her?
Why then did they anger Me with their images,
With alien futilities?”
Hark! The outcry of my poor people
From the land far and wide:

20“Harvest is past,
Summer is gone,
But we have not been saved.”

21Because my people is shattered I am shattered;
I am dejected, seized by desolation.

22Is there no balm in Gilead?
Can no physician be found?
Why has healing not yet
Come to my poor people?

23Oh, that my head were water,
My eyes a fount of tears!
Then would I weep day and night
For the slain of my poor people.

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