Jeremiah, complaining of the wicked's prosperity, by faith seeth their ruin.
Jeremiah 12:1 O Lorde, thou art more ryghteous, then þt I shulde dispute wt the. Neuertheles, lett me talke with the in thynges reasonable. How happeneth it, that the waye of the vngodly is so prosperous? & that it goeth so well with them, whych (wythout any shame) offende & lyue in wickednes? Jeremiah 12:2 Thou plantest them, they take rote, they growe, & brynge forth frute. They boast moch of þe, yet art þu farre from ther reynes. Jeremiah 12:3 But þu Lorde (to whom I am well knowne) thou þt hast sene, & proued my herte, take them awaye, lyke as a flock is caryed to the slaughter house, and apointe them for the daye of slaughter. Jeremiah 12:4 How longe shall the lande mourne, and all þe herbes of þe felde perish, for þe wyckednes of them that dwell therin. The catell and the byrdes are gone, yet say they tush, God wyll not destroye vs vtterly.
God admonisheth him of his brethren's treachery against him,
Jeremiah 12:5 Seyng, thou art weery in runnyng with þe fote men, how wilt thou then runne with horses? In a peaceable sure lande þu mayest be safe, but how wilt thou do in the furyous pryde of Iordane? Jeremiah 12:6 For thy brethren & thy kynred haue all together despysed the, and cryed out vpon þe in thyne absence. Beleue them not, though they speake fayre wordes to the.
and lamenteth his heritage.
Jeremiah 12:7 As for me (I saye) I haue forsaken myne awne dwellyng place, & left myne heritage. My lyfe also þt I loue so wel, haue I geuen into the handes of myne enemies. Jeremiah 12:8 Myne heritage is become vnto me, as a Lyon in þe wood. It cryed out vpon me, therfore, haue I forsaken it. Jeremiah 12:9 Myne herytage is vnto me, as a speckled byrde, a byrde of dyuerse coloures is vpon it. Come, & gather ye to geather al þe beastes of the felde. Come that ye maye eate it vp. Jeremiah 12:10 Diuerse herdmen haue broken downe my vyneyarde, and troden vpon my porcyon. Of my pleasaunt porcyon, they haue made a wyldernes and desert. Jeremiah 12:11 They haue layed it waste: & now þt it is waste, it sigheth vnto me. Yee, the whole land lyeth waste, & no man regardeth it. Jeremiah 12:12 The destroyers come ouer the heeth euery waye, for the sweard of the Lorde doth consume from þe one ende of the land to the other, & no flesh hath rest. Jeremiah 12:13 They haue sowen wheate, & reaped thornes. They haue taken herytage in possessyon, but it doth them no good. And þe prophets were ashamed of your frutes, because of the great wrath of the Lorde.
He promiseth to the penitent return from captivity.
Jeremiah 12:14 Thus sayeth the Lorde vpon all myne euell neyghbours, that laye hande on myne herytage, whych I haue possessed, euen my people of Israell. Beholde, I wyll plucke them (namely Israel) out of their lande, and put out þe house of Iuda from among them. Jeremiah 12:15 And when I haue roted them out, I wylbe at one with them agayne, & I wyll haue mercy vpon them: & brynge them agayne, euery man to his awne herytage, and into his lande. Jeremiah 12:16 And yf they (namely that trouble my people) wyll lerne þe wayes of them, to sweare by my name. The Lord lyueth (lyke as they learned my people to sweare by Baal) then shal they be rekened among my people. Jeremiah 12:17 But yf they wyll not obeye, then wyll I rote out the same folke, & destroye them, sayth the Lord.