8[1-3] At that time, says Yahweh, they’ll bring out the bones of the rulers of Judah (southern Israel), and the bones of the royalty, and the bones of the preachers, and the bones of the teachers, and the bones of the people of Jerusalem, out of their graves; and they’ll spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the stars of the sky, which they’ve loved and served, and after which they’ve followed, and from which they’ve sought answers, and which they’ve worshiped. They won’t be gathered, nor buried, but they’ll be waste on the surface of the earth. Death will be chosen rather than life by all the rest that are left of this evil family, that are left in all the places where I’ve driven them, says Yahweh, God of All Creation.
[4-7] Besides this, tell them, Yahweh says, Will people fall, and not rise up again? Will one turn away, and not go back? Why then is this people of Jerusalem back slidden by continual unfaithfulness? They believe lies and refuse to turn back. I listened and heard, but they didn’t speak what’s right. No one turns from their evil ways, saying, What have I done? Everyone walks straight down the path of sin, as a horse that rushes headlong into battle. Yes, the stork in the sky knows her set times; and the dove, the swallow, and the crane know when to come; but My people don’t know Yahweh God’s law.
[8-12] How can you say, We’re wise, and the law of Yahweh is with us? See, the pen of the writers has written falsely. The wise are disappointed, troubled, and taken. They’ve rejected the word of Yahweh God; and what way of wisdom is in them? So I’ll give their wives to others, and their fields to those who take them. Everyone from the least even to the greatest is greedy; from the preacher even to the teacher, everyone acts falsely. They’ve hardly healed the hurt of the daughters of My people, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had been unfaithful? No, they weren’t at all ashamed, nor could they even blush, so they’ll fall among those who fall; They’ll be thrown down when they are punished, says Yahweh.
[13-16] I’ll completely destroy them, says Yahweh. There won’t be any grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf will fade; and the things that I’ve given them will be taken from them. Why do we sit still? Gather yourselves, and let’s go into the strong cities, and be silent there; for Yahweh our God has put us to silence, and given us troubled water to drink, because we’ve sinned against Yahweh. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and see, more trouble! The snorting of horses is heard from Dan; the whole land shakes at the sound of the neighing of the strong ones; for they’ve come, and eaten up the land and all that is in it; the city and those who live in it.
[17-22] See, I’ll send snakes and vipers among you, which won’t be charmed; and they’ll bite you, says Yahweh. Oh that I could comfort myself against this sorrow! My heart is faint within me. See, the voice of the cry of the daughters of My people from a land that is very far away. Isn’t Yahweh in Zion (Jerusalem)? Isn’t its Ruler in it? Why have they made me angry with their false gods and foreign ways? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we’re not saved. I hurt for the suffering of the daughters of My people! I mourn and am greatly troubled. Is there no salve in Gilead? Is there no doctor there? Why haven’t the daughters of My people gotten well then?
9[1-6] My head is full of water, and my eyes spring tears! I cry day and night for those killed of the daughters of My people! Oh that I had a place to stay in the deserted countryside; that I might leave My people, and go from them! For they’re all unfaithful people; a gathering of unfaithful people. They bend their tongue, as it were their bow, to tell lies; and they’ve grown strong in the land, but not for truth. They go from evil to evil, and they don’t know Me, says Yahweh. Pay attention everyone to their neighbor, and don’t trust any family member; for everyone will completely displace the other, and every neighbor will go about telling lies. Everyone will lie to their neighbor, and won’t speak the truth. They’ve taught their tongue to tell lies; they tire themselves out sinning. Your home is in the midst of lies; through lies they refuse to know Me, says Yahweh.
[7-10] So Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, See, I’ll melt them, and try them; for what else can I do for of the daughters of My people? Their tongue is like a deadly arrow; it speaks lies. One speaks peaceably to a neighbor with their mouth, but in their heart they want to kill them. Won’t I punish them for these things? says Yahweh; won’t My soul be avenged on such a nation as this? For the mountains I’ll take up a great crying, and for the pastures of the deserted countryside a mourning, because they’re burned up, so that no one passes through; nor can anyone hear the sound of livestock; both the birds of the sky and the animals have run away, they’re all gone.
[11-16] I’ll make Jerusalem a ruin, a place of jackals; and I’ll make the cities of Judah (southern Israel) a ruin, without people. Who is wise that may understand this? and who is the one to whom the mouth of Yahweh has spoken to tell it? Why is the land dead and burned up like a deserted countryside, so that no one passes through it? Yahweh says, Because they’ve left My law which I set in front of them, and haven’t obeyed My voice, nor walked in it, but have followed the stubbornness of their own heart, and after the false Baal gods, which their ancestors taught them; So Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll feed them, even this people, with poisonous wormwood, and give them troubled water to drink. I’ll scatter them also among the nations, whom they nor their ancestors have known; and I’ll send war after them, until I’ve destroyed them.
[17-21] Yahweh, God of All Creation says, Consider and call for the mourning women that they may come; and send for the skillful women, that they may come and tell them to come quickly, and mourn for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with water. For a voice of crying is heard out of Zion (Jerusalem), How we’re ruined! We’re greatly confused, because we’ve left the land, because they’ve throw down our homes. Yet hear the word of Yahweh, you women, and let your ear hear God’s word; and teach your daughters to cry, and everyone her neighbor to mourn. For death is come up into our windows, and gone into our great houses; to cut off the children from outside, and the youth from the streets.
[22-26] Speak, Yahweh says, The dead bodies of men will fall as waste on the open field, and as the handful after the harvester; and none will gather them. Yahweh says, Don’t let the wise glory in wisdom, nor let the strong glory in strength, don’t let the rich glory in riches; but let the one who glories glory in this, that they have understanding, and know Me, that I am Yahweh who exercises loving kindness, justice, and goodness, in the earth. I am pleased with these things, says Yahweh. See, the days come, says Yahweh, that I’ll punish all those who are cut in the flesh but aren’t cut in their heart. Egypt, and Judah (southern Israel), and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that have the edges of their hair cut off, who live in the deserted countryside; for all the nations are unfaithful, and all the people of Israel are unfaithful in heart.
10[1-6] Hear the word which Yahweh speaks to you, people of Israel! Yahweh says, “Don’t learn the ways of the nations, and don’t be troubled at the signs of the sky; for the nations are troubled at them. For the customs of the peoples are meaningless; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of hands swinging an axe. They decorate it with silver and gold; and fasten it with nails and with hammers, so that it won’t fall. They’re like a palm tree, of turned work, and don’t speak. They must be carried, because they can’t move. Don’t be afraid of them; for they can’t do evil, nor is it in them to do good.” There is none like You, Yahweh; You are great, and Your name is so strong!
[7-13] Who should not fear you, O Ruler of the nations? It concerns you; because among all the wise ones of the nations, and in all their royal estate, there is none like You. But they’re all together violent and stupid, the teachings of false worship! It’s nothing but a piece of wood. There is silver beaten into plates, which is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the artist and of the hands of the goldsmith; blue and purple for their clothing; they’re all the work of skillful artists. But Yahweh is the true God; who is the living God, and an everlasting Ruler! At God’s rage the earth shakes, and the nations aren’t able to handle Yahweh’s righteous anger. Say to them, The gods that haven’t made the heavens and the earth will die out from the earth, and from under the heavens. But God, whose power has made the earth, established the world by wisdom and understanding, and has stretched out the heavens. When God speaks, there is an uproar of waters in the heavens, and the vapors go up from the ends of the earth; God makes the lightning in the rain, and brings the wind out of the treasuries of heaven.
[14-20] Everyone has become violent and is without knowledge; every goldsmith is disappointed by the false gods they make; for their metal images are false gods, and there is no breath in them. They’re meaningless, a work of superstition! When they’re punished they’ll die. The portion of Jacob isn’t like these; who is the beginning of all things; and Israel is the inheritance of its God, whose name is Yahweh, God of All Creation. Gather up your wares out of the land, you who live in the siege. For Yahweh says, See, I’ll throw out the people of the land at this time, and will trouble them, that they may feel it. I’m sorry for my hurt! My wound is grievous, but I said, Truly this is my grief, and I must bear it. My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken. My children are gone from me, and they’re no more; there is none to make my home for any more, and to set up my curtains.
[21-25] For the overseers have become violent, and haven’t inquired of Yahweh, so they haven’t done well, and all their people are scattered. The voice of news, see, it comes, and a great commotion out of the North country, to make the cities of Judah (southern Israel) a ruin, a place of jackals. Yahweh, I know that the way of humanity isn’t found in themselves; it’s not in us who walk to direct our steps. Yahweh, correct me, but in measure; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. Pour out your rage on the nations that don’t know You, and on the families that don’t call on Your Name; for they’ve destroyed Jacob, yes, they’ve eaten him up and destroyed him, and have destroyed his home.
- Jeremiah 1-6 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)