Jeremiah 8
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1“At that time,” "" A declaration of YHWH, "" “They bring the bones of the kings of Judah, "" And the bones of its princes, "" And the bones of the priests, "" And the bones of the prophets, "" And the bones of inhabitants of Jerusalem, "" Out of their graves, 2And have spread them to sun, and to moon, "" And to all the host of the heavens, that they have loved, "" And that they have served, "" And that they have walked after, "" And that they have sought, "" And to which they have bowed themselves, "" They are not gathered, nor buried, "" They are for dung on the face of the ground. 3And death is chosen rather than life "" By all the remnant who are left of this evil family, "" In all the remaining places, to where I have driven them,” "" A declaration of YHWH of Hosts.

4“And you have said to them, Thus said YHWH: Do they fall, and not rise? Does he turn back, and not return?

5Why has this people of Jerusalem "" Turned back—a continuous backsliding? They have kept hold on deceit, "" They have refused to turn back.

6I have given attention, indeed, I listen, "" They do not speak right, "" No man has sighed over his wickedness, "" Saying, What have I done? Everyone has turned to his courses, "" As a horse is rushing into battle.

7Even a stork in the heavens has known her seasons, "" And turtle, and swallow, and crane, "" Have watched the time of their coming, "" And—My people have not known the judgment of YHWH.

8How do you say, We [are] wise, "" And the Law of YHWH [is] with us? Surely, behold, it has worked falsely, "" The false pen of scribes.

9The wise have been ashamed, "" They have been frightened, and are captured, "" Behold, they kicked against a word of YHWH, "" And what wisdom do they have?

10Therefore, I give their wives to others, "" Their fields to dispossessors, "" For from the least even to the greatest, "" Everyone is gaining dishonest gain, "" From prophet even to priest, everyone is dealing falsely.

11And they heal the breach of the daughter of My people slightly, "" Saying, Peace, peace! And there is no peace.

12They were ashamed when they did abomination! Indeed, they are not ashamed at all, "" And they have not known blushing, "" Therefore, they fall among falling ones, "" They stumble in the time of their inspection, said YHWH.

13I utterly consume them,” "" A declaration of YHWH, "" “There are no grapes in the vine, "" Indeed, there are no figs in the fig tree, "" And the leaf has faded, "" And the strength they have passes from them.

14Why are we sitting still? Be gathered, and we go into the fortified cities, "" And we are silent there, "" For our God YHWH has made us silent, "" Indeed, He causes us to drink water of gall, "" For we have sinned against YHWH.

15Looking for peace—and there is no good, "" For a time of healing, and behold—terror.

16The snorting of his horses has been heard from Dan, "" From the voice of the neighings of his mighty ones, "" All the land has trembled, "" And they come in and consume the land and its fullness, "" The city and the inhabitants in it.

17For behold, I am sending serpents among you, "" Vipers that have no charmer, "" And they have bitten you,” "" A declaration of YHWH.

18My sorrow [is] beyond comfort, "" My heart [is] sick in me.

19Behold, the voice of a cry of the daughter of my people from a far-off land, "" Is YHWH not in Zion? Is her King not in her? “Why have they provoked Me with their carved images, "" With the vanities of a foreigner?”

20Harvest has passed, summer has ended, "" And we have not been saved.

21For a breach of the daughter of my people I have been broken, "" I have been dark, "" Astonishment has seized me.

22Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why has the health of the daughter of my people not gone up?

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