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Jeremiah 12 World English Bible (WEB)

12 You are righteous, Yahweh,
    when I contend with you;
yet I would like to reason the cause with you.
    Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
    Why are they all at ease who deal very treacherously?
You have planted them. Yes, they have taken root.
    They grow. Yes, they produce fruit.
You are near in their mouth,
    and far from their heart.
But you, Yahweh, know me.
    You see me, and test my heart toward you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
    and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn,
    and the herbs of the whole country wither?
Because of the wickedness of those who dwell therein,
    the animals and birds are consumed;
because they said,
    “He won’t see our latter end.”
“If you have run with the footmen,
    and they have wearied you,
    then how can you contend with horses?
Though in a land of peace you are secure,
    yet how will you do in the pride of the Jordan?
For even your brothers, and the house of your father,
    even they have dealt treacherously with you!
    Even they have cried aloud after you!
Don’t believe them,
    though they speak beautiful words to you.

“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.
My heritage has become to me as a lion in the forest.
    She has uttered her voice against me.
    Therefore I have hated her.
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.
10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard.
    They have trodden my portion under foot.
    They have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it a desolation.
    It mourns to me, being desolate.
The whole land is made desolate,
    because no one cares.
12 Destroyers have 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.
13 They have sown wheat,
    and have reaped thorns.
They have exhausted themselves,
    and profit nothing.
You will be ashamed of your fruits,
    because of Yahweh’s fierce anger.”

14 Yahweh says, “Concerning 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. 15 It will happen that after I have plucked them up, I will return and have compassion on them. I will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. 16 It will 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 they will be built up in the middle of my people. 17 But if they will not hear, then I will pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it,” says Yahweh.

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Jeremiah 12 New International Version (NIV)

Jeremiah’s Complaint

12 You are always righteous, Lord,
    when I bring a case before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:
    Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
    Why do all the faithless live at ease?
You have planted them, and they have taken root;
    they grow and bear fruit.
You are always on their lips
    but far from their hearts.
Yet you know me, Lord;
    you see me and test my thoughts about you.
Drag them off like sheep to be butchered!
    Set them apart for the day of slaughter!
How long will the land lie parched
    and the grass in every field be withered?
Because those who live in it are wicked,
    the animals and birds have perished.
Moreover, the people are saying,
    “He will not see what happens to us.”

God’s Answer

“If you have raced with men on foot
    and they have worn you out,
    how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in safe country,
    how will you manage in the thickets by[b] the Jordan?
Your relatives, members of your own family—
    even they have betrayed you;
    they have raised a loud cry against you.
Do not trust them,
    though they speak well of you.

“I will forsake my house,
    abandon my inheritance;
I will give the one I love
    into the hands of her enemies.
My inheritance has become to me
    like a lion in the forest.
She roars at me;
    therefore I hate her.
Has not my inheritance become to me
    like a speckled bird of prey
    that other birds of prey surround and attack?
Go and gather all the wild beasts;
    bring them to devour.
10 Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard
    and trample down my field;
they will turn my pleasant field
    into a desolate wasteland.
11 It will be made a wasteland,
    parched and desolate before me;
the whole land will be laid waste
    because there is no one who cares.
12 Over all the barren heights in the desert
    destroyers will swarm,
for the sword of the Lord will devour
    from one end of the land to the other;
    no one will be safe.
13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns;
    they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.
They will bear the shame of their harvest
    because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”

14 This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal—then they will be established among my people. 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.

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  1. Jeremiah 12:5 Or you feel secure only
  2. Jeremiah 12:5 Or the flooding of
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