1 Not One Is Upright
1 "Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, 1 look around and consider, 1 search through her squares. 1 If you can find but one person 1 who deals honestly and seeks the truth, 1 I will forgive this city.
5 So I will go to the leaders 5 and speak to them; 5 surely they know the way of the Lord, 5 the requirements of their God." 5 But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke 5 and torn off the bonds.
6 Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, 6 a wolf from the desert will ravage them, 6 a leopard will lie in wait near their towns 6 to tear to pieces any who venture out, 6 for their rebellion is great 6 and their backslidings many.
7 "Why should I forgive you? 7 Your children have forsaken me 7 and sworn by gods that are not gods. 7 I supplied all their needs, 7 yet they committed adultery 7 and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.
15 House of Israel," declares the Lord, 15 "I am bringing a distant nation against you— 15 an ancient and enduring nation, 15 a people whose language you do not know, 15 whose speech you do not understand.
17 They will devour your harvests and food, 17 devour your sons and daughters; 17 they will devour your flocks and herds, 17 devour your vines and fig trees. 17 With the sword they will destroy 17 the fortified cities in which you trust.
18 "Yet even in those days," declares the Lord, "I will not destroy you completely. 19 And when the people ask, 'Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.'
22 Should you not fear me?" declares the Lord. 22 "Should you not tremble in my presence? 22 I made the sand a boundary for the sea, 22 an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. 22 The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; 22 they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
27 Like cages full of birds, 27 their houses are full of deceit; 27 they have become rich and powerful 28 and have grown fat and sleek. 28 Their evil deeds have no limit; 28 they do not seek justice. 28 They do not promote the case of the fatherless; 28 they do not defend the just cause of the poor.
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