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(Jer 12:1) Righteous {art} thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of {thy} judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? {wherefore} are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
(Jer 12:2) Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou {art} near in their mouth, and far from their reins.
(Jer 12:3) But thou, O Lord, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
(Jer 12:4) How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.
(Jer 12:5) If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and {if} in the land of peace, {wherein} thou trustedst, {they wearied thee}, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
(Jer 12:6) For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.
(Jer 12:7) I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.
(Jer 12:8) Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.
(Jer 12:9) Mine heritage {is} unto me {as} a speckled bird, the birds round about {are} against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
(Jer 12:10) Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
(Jer 12:11) They have made it desolate, {and being} desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth {it} to heart.
(Jer 12:12) The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the Lord shall devour from the {one} end of the land even to the {other} end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.
(Jer 12:13) They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, {but} shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the Lord.
(Jer 12:14) Thus saith the Lord against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
(Jer 12:15) And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
(Jer 12:16) And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The Lord liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.
(Jer 12:17) But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord.
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