The judgments of God upon the Jews, for their perverseness,
Jeremiah 5:1 Loke thorowe Ierusalem, beholde and se: Seke thorowe her stretes also within, if ye can fynde one man that doeth equall and ryght, or seketh for the truthe, and I shall spare that cytie (sayeth the Lorde) Jeremiah 5:2 For though they can saye: the Lorde lyueth, yet they sweare to disceyue. Jeremiah 5:3 Where as thou (O Lord) lokest onely vpon fayth and truthe. Thou hast scourged them, but they toke no repentaunce: thou hast corrected them for amendement, but they refused thy correction. They made theyr faces harder then a stone, and wolde not amende. Jeremiah 5:4 Therfore I thought in my selfe: peraduenture they are so symple and foolysshe, that they vnderstand nothing of the Lordes way, and iudgementes of our God. Jeremiah 5:5 Therfore, wyll I go vnto theyr heedes & rulers, & talke with them: yf they knowe the waye of þe Lord and the iudgementes of oure God. But these (in lyke maner) haue broken the yocke, and burst the bondes in sondre. Jeremiah 5:6 Wherfore, a Lyon out of the woodde hath hurte them, and a wolfe in the euenynge shall destroye them. The Leoparde doth lye lurkynge by theyre cytyes, to teare in peces all them that come thereout. For theyr offences are multyplyed, and theyr departynge awaye is encreased.
for their adultery,
Jeremiah 5:7 Shulde I then for al this haue mercy vpon the? Thy chyldren haue forsaken me, and sworne by them that are no goddes. And albeit that I fed them to the ful yet they fall to aduoutrye, and haunt harlottes houses. Jeremiah 5:8 In the desyre of vnclenly lust they are become lyke the stoned horse euery man neyeth at his neyghbours wyfe: Jeremiah 5:9 Shulde I not correct this, sayth the Lorde? Shulde I not be auenged of euery people, that is lyke vnto this?
for their impiety,
Jeremiah 5:10 Clyme vp vpon theyr walles, beate them downe, but destroye them not vtterly, take away theyr foretresses, bycause they are not the Lordes: Jeremiah 5:11 For vnfaythfully hath the house of Israel and Iuda forsaken me, sayth the Lorde: Jeremiah 5:12 They haue denyed the Lorde, and sayde: it is not he that loketh vpon vs Tush, there shal no misfortune come vpon vs: we shall see nether swerde ner hunger. Jeremiah 5:13 As for the warnynge of the Prophetes they take it but for wynde, yea, there is none of these whiche wyll tell them, that such thinges shall happen vnto them. Jeremiah 5:14 Wherfore, thus sayth the Lorde God of hoostes: bycause ye speake suche wordes, beholde: The wordes that are in thy mouth wyl I turne to fyre, and make the people to be wood, that the fyre maye consume them. Jeremiah 5:15 Lo, I wyll bryng a people vpon you from farre, O house of Israel (sayeth the Lorde) a myghty people, an old people, a people whose speach thou knowest not, neyther vnderstandest what they saye. Jeremiah 5:16 Theyr arowes are sodayne death: yea, they them selues be verye gyauntes. Jeremiah 5:17 This people shal eate vp thy frute & thy meate, yea, they shall deuoure thy sonnes & thy doughters, thy shepe & thy bulockes. They shall eate vp thy grapes, & fygges. As for thy strong & wel defensed cyties, wherin thou dyddest trust, they shall brynge to pouertie, and that thorowe the swerde. Jeremiah 5:18 Neuerthelesse I wyll not then haue done with you, sayth the Lorde.
for their contempt of God,
Jeremiah 5:19 But yf they saye: wherfore doth the Lorde our God all this vnto vs? Then auswer them: bycause, that lyke as ye haue forsaken me, and serued straunge goddes in your owne lande, euen so shall ye serue other goddes also in a straunge lande. Jeremiah 5:20 Preache this vnto the house of Iacob, and crye it out in Iuda, and saye thus: Jeremiah 5:21 Heare this (thou folish & vndiscret people) ye haue eyes but ye se not: eares haue ye, but ye heare not. Jeremiah 5:22 Feare ye not me, sayth the Lorde? Are ye not asshamed to loke me in the face? whiche bynde the see with the sande, so that it cannot passe his boundes. For though it rage, yet can it do nothynge, and thoughe the waues therof do swell, yet maye they not go ouer. Jeremiah 5:23 But this people hath a false and obstinate hert, they are departed and gone away fro me Jeremiah 5:24 They thynke not in theyr hertes: O let vs feare the Lord our God, that giueth vs rayne earlye and late, when nede is: whiche kepeth euer styll the haruest for vs yerly.
and for their great corruption in the civil state,
Jeremiah 5:25 Neuerthelesse, your mysdedes haue turned these from you, and your synnes haue robbed you hereof. Jeremiah 5:26 For amonge my people are founde wicked persones, that priuily lay snares & wayte for men, to take them & destroye them. Jeremiah 5:27 And lyke as a net is full of byrdes, so are theyr houses ful of that whiche they haue gotten with falshed and disceyte. Herof commeth theyr great substaunce and richesse, Jeremiah 5:28 herof are they fat and welthy, and are more mischeuous then any other. They mynistre not the lawe, they make no ende of the fatherlesse cause, yea, and they prospere: yet they iudge not the poore accordynge to equytie. Jeremiah 5:29 Shulde I not punish these thinges, sayth the Lord? shulde not I be auenged of all suche people as these be?
Jeremiah 5:30 Horryble & greuous thynges are done in the lande. Jeremiah 5:31 The prophetes teache falsely, and the preestes receyue gyftes, & my people hath pleasure therin: What wil come therof at the last?