If only I had a traveler's lodge in the wilderness, I would abandon my people and depart from them, for they are all adulterers, a crowd of faithless people.
Cross ReferencesPsalm 55:6
I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest.
How far away I would flee; in the wilderness I would remain. Selah
Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I dwelt among those who hate peace.
"Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery and assembled at the houses of prostitutes.
They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing after his neighbor's wife.
For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful to Me," declares the LORD.
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead before You. Yet I wish to contend with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?
Even your brothers--your own father's household--even they have betrayed you; even they have cried aloud against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.
And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?" it is because of the magnitude of your iniquity. Your skirts have been stripped off, your body exposed.
For the land is full of adulterers--because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness have dried up--their course is evil and their power is misused.
Cursing and lying, murder and stealing, and adultery are rampant; one act of bloodshed follows another.
They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by a baker who needs not stoke the fire from the kneading to the rising of the dough.
For the wealthy of the city are full of violence, and its residents speak lies; their tongues are deceitful in their mouths.
Yet you ask, "Why?" It is because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have broken faith, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
Chapter Outline1. Jeremiah laments the people for their manifold sins;
9. and for their judgment.
12. Disobedience is the cause of their bitter calamity.
17. He exhorts to mourn for their destruction;
23. and to trust not in themselves, but in God.
25. He threatens both Jews and Gentiles.
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