Jeremiah, complaining of the wicked's prosperity, by faith seeth their ruin.
Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous, art thou, O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee,Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee,Wherefore, hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? [Wherefore] have all, utter traitors, been at ease? Jeremiah 12:2 Thou didst plant them, yea they took root, They have gone on, yea, they have borne fruit,Near, art thou, in their mouth, But far off from their affections. Jeremiah 12:3 But, thou, O Yahweh, knowest me, Wilt thou observe me, and try my heart, towards thee? Drag them away, as sheep for slaughter, And hallow them, for the day when they are to be slain. Jeremiah 12:4 How long, shall the land mourn, And, the herbage of the whole field, wither? For the wickedness of them that dwell therein, beast and bird, have perished, For, say they, He will not see our latter end!
God admonisheth him of his brethren's treachery against him,
Jeremiah 12:5 If, with the footmen, thou hast run, and they have wearied thee, How then wilt thou hotly contend, with horses? Though, in a safe land, thou, art confident, Yet how wilt thou deal with the proud banks of the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:6 For, even thy brethren and the house of thy father, Even they! have betrayed thee, Even they, have cried after thee, with full voice,Do not trust in them, though they speak unto thee, fair words.
and lamenteth his heritage.
Jeremiah 12:7 I have forsaken mine own house, I have given up mine inheritance,I have delivered the dearly beloved of my soul, into the hand of her enemies: Jeremiah 12:8 Mine inheritance, hath become to me, as a lion in a jungle,She hath given forth against me her voice, For this cause, have I hated her. Jeremiah 12:9 Is it, a variegated bird of prey, that mine inheritance is to me? The birds of prey, are round about against her! Go ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour. Jeremiah 12:10 Many shepherds, have laid waste my vineyard, They have trampled down my portion,They have turned my coveted, portion into a desert of desolation: Jeremiah 12:11 It hath been made, a desolation, It hath mourned unto me, as desolate,All the land, hath become, a desolation, For, no, man, layeth it to heart. Jeremiah 12:12 On all the bare heights in the wilderness, have come despoilers, For, the sword of Yahweh, hath devoured from one end of the land unto the other,There is peace, for no, flesh! Jeremiah 12:13 They sowed, wheat, but, thorns, have they reaped, They have put themselves to pain, they shall not be profited,Yea turn ye pale at your produce, Because of the glow of the anger of Yahweh.
He promiseth to the penitent return from captivity.
Jeremiah 12:14 Thus, saith Yahweh, Concerning all my wicked, neighbours, who have been touching the inheritance, which I gave as an inheritance unto my people Israel,Behold me! uprooting them from off their own soil, Whereas, the house of Judah, will I uproot out of their, midst. Jeremiah 12:15 And it shall come to pass, after I bare uprooted them, I will again, have compassion upon them,and will bring them backEvery manto his own inheritance, and, Every manto his own land. Jeremiah 12:16 And it shall come to passIf they will, diligently learn, the ways of my peopleTo swear by my Name, [saying], By the life of Yahweh, As they taught my people to swear by Baal, Then shall they be built, in the midst of my people. Jeremiah 12:17 But, if they will not hearken, Then will I Uproot that nation, Uproot, that I may destroy,Declareth Yahweh.