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Jeremiah 12

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Jeremiah, complaining of the wicked's prosperity, by faith sees their ruin.

12:1 You are righteous, Yahweh, when I contend with you;
yet I would reason the cause with you:
why does the way of the wicked prosper?
why are all they at ease who deal very treacherously?

12:2 You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bring forth fruit: you are near in their mouth, and far from their heart.

12:3 But you, Yahweh, know me; you see me, and try my heart toward you:
pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

12:4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of the whole country wither? for the wickedness of those who dwell therein, the animals are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our latter end.

God admonishes him of his brethren's treachery against him;

12:5 If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? and though in a land of peace you are secure, yet how will you do in the pride of the Jordan?

12:6 For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; even they have cried aloud after you: donít believe them, though they speak beautiful words to you.

and laments his heritage.

12:7 I have forsaken my house, I have cast off my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

12:8 My heritage is become to me as a lion in the forest: she has uttered her voice against me; therefore I have hated her.

12:9 Is my heritage to me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her all around? Go, assemble all the animals of the field, bring them to devour.

12:10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

12:11 They have made it a desolation; it mourns to me, being desolate; the whole land is made desolate, because no man lays it to heart.

12:12 Destroyers are come on all the bare heights in the wilderness; for the sword of Yahweh devours from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh has peace.

12:13 They have sown wheat, and have reaped thorns; they have put themselves to pain, and profit nothing: and you shall be ashamed of your fruits, because of the fierce anger of Yahweh.

He promises to the penitent return from captivity.

12:14 Thus says Yahweh against all my evil neighbors, who touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit: behold, I will pluck them up from off their land, and will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.

12:15 It shall happen, after that I have plucked them up, I will return and have compassion on them; and I will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.

12:16 It shall happen, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, As Yahweh lives; even as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built up in the midst of my people.

12:17 But if they will not hear, then will I pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it, says Yahweh.

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