The judgments of God upon the Jews, for their perverseness,
Jeremiah 5:1 Runne yee to and fro thorow the streetes of Ierusalem, and see now and knowe, and seeke in the broad places thereof, if ye can finde a man, if there be any that executeth iudgement, that seeketh the trueth, and I will pardon it. Jeremiah 5:2 And though they say, The LORD liueth, surely they sweare falsely. Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, [are] not thine eyes vpon the trueth? Thou hast stricken them, [but] they haue not grieued; thou hast consumed them, but they haue refused to receiue correction: they haue made their faces harder then a rocke, they haue refused to returne. Jeremiah 5:4 Therefore I said, Surely these [are] poore, they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, [nor] the iudgement of their God. Jeremiah 5:5 I wil get me vnto the great men, and will speake vnto them, for they haue knowen the way of the LORD, [and] the iudgement of their God: but these haue altogether broken the yoke, [and] burst the bondes. Jeremiah 5:6 Wherfore a lyon out of the forrest shall slay them, [and] a wolfe of the euenings shall spoile them, a leopard shall watch ouer their cities: euery one that goeth out thence shalbe torne in pieces, because their transgressions are many, [and] their backeslidings are increased.
for their adultery,
Jeremiah 5:7 How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy children haue forsaken mee, and sworne by them [that are] no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adulterie, and assembled themselues by troupes in the harlots houses. Jeremiah 5:8 They were as fed horses in the morning: euery one neighed after his neighbours wife: Jeremiah 5:9 Shall I not visit for these things, sayth the LORD, and shall not my soule bee auenged on such a nation as this?
for their impiety,
Jeremiah 5:10 Goe yee vp vpon her walles, and destroy, but make not a full ende: take away her battlements, for they [are] not the LORDS. Jeremiah 5:11 For the house of Israel, and the house of Iudah haue dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 5:12 They haue belyed the LORD, and said; [It is] not he, neither shall euill come vpon vs, neither shal we see sword nor famine. Jeremiah 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word [is] not in them: thus shall it be done vnto them. Jeremiah 5:14 Wherfore thus saith the LORD God of Hostes; Because yee speake this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth, fire, and this people wood, and it shall deuoure them. Jeremiah 5:15 Loe, I will bring a nation vpon you from farre, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it [is] a mighty nation, it [is] an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither vnderstandest what they say. Jeremiah 5:16 Their quiuer [is] as an open sepulchre, they [are] all mighty men. Jeremiah 5:17 And they shall eate vp thine haruest and thy bread, [which] thy sonnes and thy daughters should eate: they shall eate vp thy flockes and thine heards: they shall eate vp thy vines and thy figtrees: they shall impouerish thy fenced cities wherein thou trustedst, with the sword. Jeremiah 5:18 Neuerthelesse in those daies, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you.
for their contempt of God,
Jeremiah 5:19 And it shall come to passe when yee shall say; Wherefore doth the LORD our God all these things vnto vs? then shalt thou answere them; Like as ye haue forsaken me, & serued strange Gods in your land; so shall yee serue strangers in a land [that is] not yours. Jeremiah 5:20 Declare this in the house of Iacob, and publish it in Iudah saying; Jeremiah 5:21 Heare now this, O foolish people, and without vnderstanding, which haue eyes and see not, which haue eares and heare not. Jeremiah 5:22 Feare yee not mee, saith the LORD? Will yee not tremble at my presence, which haue placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetuall decree that it cannot passe it, and though the waues thereof tosse themselues, yet can they not preuaile, though they roare, yet can they not passe ouer it? Jeremiah 5:23 But this people hath a reuolting and a rebellious heart: they are reuolted and gone. Jeremiah 5:24 Neither say they in their heart; Let vs now feare the LORD our God, that giueth raine, both the former and the later in his season: he reserueth vnto vs the appointed weekes of the haruest.
and for their great corruption in the civil state,
Jeremiah 5:25 Your iniquities haue turned away these things, & your sinnes haue withholden good things from you. Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay waite as hee that setteth snares, they set a trap, they catch men. Jeremiah 5:27 As a cage [is] full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea they ouerpasse the deedes of the wicked: they iudge not the cause, the cause of the fatherlesse, yet they prosper: and the right of the needy doe they not iudge. Jeremiah 5:29 Shall I not visit for these things, saith the LORD? shall not my soule be auenged on such a nation as this?
Jeremiah 5:30 A wonderfull and horrible thing is committed in the land. Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophecie falsely, and the priests beare rule by their meanes, and my people loue [to haue it] so: and what will yee doe in the end therof?