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1“At that time, declares Yahweh, they will bring out of their graves the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of its officials, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
  2and they will spread them before the sun and the moon and all the army of heaven that they have loved, and that they have served, and that they have followed, and that they have sought, and that they have worshiped. And they will not be collected and buried; they will be like dung on the surface of the ground.
  3Death will be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places where I have driven them, says Yahweh of Armies.
  4Moreover, you are to tell them: This is what Yahweh says:

 Do people fall and not rise up again?

 If one turns away, does he not return?


 5 Why then has this people of Jerusalem

 turned away in perpetual backsliding?

 They hold fast to deceit;

 they refuse to return.


 6 I listened and heard,

 but they did not speak what was right.

 No one repents of his wickedness,

 saying, ‘What have I done?’

 Everyone turns to his own course

 like a horse that rushes headlong into the battle.


 7 Even the stork in the sky

 knows her appointed times,

 and the turtledove and the swallow and the crane

 keep the time of their coming;

 but my people do not know Yahweh’s law.


How can you say, ‘We are wise,

 and the law of Yahweh is with us?’

 But behold, the lying pen of the scribes

 has made it into a lie.


 9 The wise men will be put to shame,

 they will be dismayed and captured.

 Behold, they have rejected the word of Yahweh,

 so what kind of wisdom is in them?


 10 So I will give their wives to others

 and their fields to those who will take possession of them,

 because everyone from the least even to the greatest

 is greedy for gain;

 from the prophet to the priest

 everyone deals falsely.


 11 They have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly,

 saying, ‘Peace, peace,’

 when there is no peace.


 12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?

 No, they were not at all ashamed,

 neither could they blush;

 therefore they will fall among those who fall;

 in the time of their visitation they will be cast down,

 says Yahweh.


I will utterly consume them,

 says Yahweh,

 no grapes will be on the vine,

 nor figs on the fig tree,

 and the leaf will fade;

 and the things that I have given them will pass away from them.”


Why do we sit still?

 Assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the fortified cities,

 and let us be silent there;

 for Yahweh our God has put us to silence,

 and given us water of gall to drink

 because we have sinned against Yahweh.


 15 We looked for peace, but no good came;

 and for a time of healing, and behold, dismay!


“The snorting of his horses is heard from Dan;

 at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones

 the whole land trembles,

 for they have come and have devoured the land

 and all that is in it,

 the city and those who dwell in it.


 17 For behold, I will send serpents,

 adders among you, that will not be charmed;

 and they will bite you,”

 says Yahweh.


Oh that I could comfort myself against sorrow!

 My heart is faint within me.


 19 Behold, the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people

 from a land that is very far off:

 is not Yahweh in Zion?

 Is not her King in her?

 Why do they anger me

 with their carved images

 and with foreign idols?


 20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended,

 and we are not saved.


 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt.

 I mourn; dismay has taken hold on me.


 22 Is there no balm in Gilead?

 Is there no physician there?

 Why then isn’t the health of the daughter

 of my people recovered?


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