|Jeremiah 5 |
1 "Run yourself to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in its broad places; see if you can find any man who executes judgment, who seeks the truth; and I will pardon it.
2 And though they say, 'The LORD lives;' surely they swear falsely."
3 O LORD, you see truly? You have stricken them, but they have not grieved. You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
4 Therefore I said, "Surely these are poor; they are foolish for they do not know the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.
5 I will go to the great men and speak to them for they have known the way of the LORD and the judgment of their God." "But these have altogether broken the yoke and burst the bonds.
6 Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities. Everyone that goes out there shall be torn in pieces because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.
7 How shall I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken me, and sworn by those who are not gods. When I had spiritually fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
8 They were as fed horses in the morning. Everyone neighed after his neighbor's wife.1
9 Shall I not visit for these things," says the Lord? "Shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 Go you up upon her walls, and destroy; but do not completely destroy them; take away her battlements for they are not the LORD's.
11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me," says the Lord.
12 "They have lied about the LORD, and said, 'It is not he who speaks through the prophets; no evil shall come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine.'2
13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them; let what they prophesy be done to them.'"
14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts, "Because the people say these words, behold, I will make my words in your [Jeremiah's] mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel," says the Lord. "It is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know; neither will you understand what they say.
16 Their quiver is as an open tomb; they are all mighty men.
17 And they shall eat up your harvest, and your bread, which your sons and your daughters should eat. They shall eat up your flocks and your herds. They shall eat up your vines and your fig trees. They shall impoverish your fenced cities, in which you trusted, with the sword.
18 Nevertheless in those days," says the Lord, "I will not make a complete end of you.
19 And it shall come to pass, when you shall say, 'Why does the LORD our God do all these things to us?' Then shall you answer them, 'Like as you have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall you serve strangers in a land that is not your's.'
20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
21 "Hear now this, O foolish people, who are without understanding; who have eyes, and see not; who have ears, and hear not.
22 Do you not fear me?" says the Lord. "Will you not tremble at my presence,3 who has placed the sand as the boundary of the sea by a perpetual decree, so that it cannot pass it? And though its waves toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it.
23 But this people has a revolting and a rebellious heart; they have revolted and gone.
24 Neither do they say in their heart, 'Let us now fear the LORD our God, who gives rain, both the early and the late rains, in his season. He reserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.'
25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you.
26 For among my people are found wicked men. They lay in wait, as he who sets snares; they set a trap, and they catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit. Therefore they are become great, and waxed rich.
28 They are waxen fat, they shine. Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked. They do not judge the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy they do not judge.
29 Shall I not visit you for these things?" says the Lord. "Shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
30 An amazing and horrible thing is committed in the land;
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their own means [authority]; and my people love to have it so;4 but what will you do in the end of it?"
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1 Notice! They were lusting after other women; not committing the act of adultery, but lusting after their neighbor's wives. This alone brings God's wrath — then and now. The Old Testament shows God's wrath executed on the physical Jews as an example to us of what will happen to us at judgment.
2 Christendom says: "No harm will come to us, we are believers. Jesus has paid for our sins, so we don't have to worry about continuing to sin. No evil will come on us. The Lord is on our side." How easily people are fooled by the false prophets, ministers of Satan who have transformed themselves to appear as ministers of righteousness; and they don't know they are Satan's ministers; they think they are Christ's, even though Christ never called them, never trained them, never perfected them, never authorized them, and never gifted them with the ministry.
3 Christendom has no fear of God. The Fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13. Whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. Acts 10:35. Woe to those who call themselves Christians who have no fear of God; who continue to sin throughout their lives, thinking Christ is their excuse to sin; who have no fear of God's wrath and punishment for continuing to sin; who fear those who kill the body, but do not fear him who can destroy the body and soul, casting them into Hell. It is not too late to wake up. Woe to those who think and brag that they have a free pass to heaven just by believing while still sinning. From the Lord's voice: your covenant with death will be removed.
"Believing" is not salvation, as Paul and Peter repeatedly emphasize writing to churches of believers:
4 The prophets prophesy falsely. To prophesy is to preach; to instruct in religious doctrines; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to exhort. 1 Cor 14:1-3. Every minister who teaches in error is a false prophet. Today's ministers are not only false prophets, but they rule over their flock through their position of supposed authority — and the people love it that way. Woe to the people, for they shall be held accountable for their foolish listening to lies that are contradicted throughout the Bible and that go against common sense. And what will you do in the end of it?
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