Jeremiah 8
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1“At that time,” declares the LORD, “the bones of the king of Judah, the bones of his officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the residents of Jerusalem will be removed from their graves. 2They’ll be spread out to the sun, the moon, and all the stars of the heavens, which they loved and served,a and which they followed, consulted, and worshipped. Their bonesb won’t be collected, nor will they be buried. They’ll be like dung on the surface of the ground.

3“In all the places where the peoplec remain, where I’ve banished them, death will be chosen over life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family,” declares the LORD of the Heavenly Armies.

A Stubborn People

4“You are to say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says:

“Will a person fall down and then not get up?

Will someone turn awayd and then not turn back again?e

5Why has this people turned away?f

Why does Jerusalem continue in apostasy?

They hold on to deceit and refuse to repent.

6I’ve listened and I’ve heard,

and what they say is not right.

No one repents of his evil and says,

‘What have I done?’

“They all turn to their own course

like a horse racing into battle.

7Even the stork in the sky knows its seasons,

and the dove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time for migration.

But my people don’t know

the requirementsg of the LORD.

8How can you say, ‘We’re wise,

and the Law of the LORD is with us,’

when, in fact, the deceitful pen of the scribe has made it

into something that deceives.

9The wise men will be put to shame.

They’ll be dismayed and taken captive.

Look, they have rejected the message from the LORD!

So what kind of wisdom do they have?

10Therefore, I’ll give their wives to others,

and their fields to new owners.

Indeed, from the least important to the most important,

they’re all greedy for dishonest gain.

From prophet to priest,

they all act deceitfully.

11They have treated my people’sh wound

superficially, telling them, ‘Peace, peace,’

when there is no peace.

12Are they ashamed because they have done

what is repugnant to God?i

They weren’t ashamed at all;

they don’t even know how to blush!

Therefore they’ll fall with those who fall.

When I punish them, they’ll be brought down,”

says the LORD.

13“I would have gathered them,”

declares the LORD,

“but there were no grapes on the vine,

and no figs on the fig tree,

and their leaves were withered.

What I’ve given them has been taken away.”’”

The People Respond

14Why are we sitting here?

Join together! Let’s go to the fortified cities

and perish there!

For the LORD our God has condemned us to perish

and given us poisoned water to drink,

because we have sinned against him.j

15We waited for peace, but no good has come,

for a time of healing, but instead there was terror.

The LORD’s Warning

16“The snorting of their horses is heard from Dan.

At the neighing of their stallions,

the whole earth quakes.

They’re coming to devour

the land and all it contains,

the city and all who live in it.

17Look, I’ll send snakes among you,

vipers that cannot be charmed,

and they’ll bite you.”

Jeremiah Mourns for His People

18Incurable sorrow has overwhelmed me,

my heart is sick within me.

19Listen! My peoplek cry

from a distant land:

“Is the LORD no longer in Zion?

Is her king no longer there?”

The LORD Speaks

“Why did they provoke me to anger with their images,

with their worthless foreign gods?”

The People Speak

20The harvest is past,

the summer has ended,

and we haven’t been delivered.

The Prophet Mourns

21Because my peoplel are crushed, I’m crushed.

I mourn, and dismay overwhelms me.

22Is there no balm in Gilead?

Is there no physician there?

So why is there no healing for my people?m

a 8:2 Or worshipped
b 8:2 Lit. They
c 8:3 Lit. they
d 8:4 Or repent
e 8:4 Or not repent
f 8:5 Lit. people committed apostasy
g 8:7 i.e. the behavior God expects of his people
h 8:11 Lit. of the daughter of my people
i 8:12 Lit. committed an abomination
j 8:14 Lit. the LORD
k 8:19 Lit. the daughter of my people
l 8:21 Lit. the daughter of my people
m 8:22 Lit. daughter of my people

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