Punishment for Judah's people
‘Run along all the streets of Jerusalem.
Look carefully all around you.
Look in all the public places of the city.
Try to find one person who is honest.
Try to find one person who wants to know the
If you find one person like that,
“I will do it, as surely as the Lord lives.”
But what they say is all
but they did not feel any pain.
You nearly destroyed them,
but they still refuse to change.
Their minds have become as hard as rock.
They refuse to turn back to you.
They do not understand what the Lord wants them to do.
They do not know his
They will surely understand what the Lord wants.
They will know his commands.’
But all of them have turned against the Lord too.
They refuse to obey his authority.
They will kill anyone who goes outside.
That will happen because the people have turned against the Lord.
They have done many bad things.
‘Jerusalem, I have to punish you.
Your people have turned away from me.
I gave them everything that they needed.
But they left me, like a wife who leaves her husband.
The men hurry to the houses of
They cannot wait to have sex with another man's wife.’
‘I must punish them for what they have done.
I will pay back this
‘March through the
and destroy the
But do not destroy them completely.
Pull the branches from the trees.
Do this, because these people do not belong to the Lord.
They have said, “He will not punish us!
No trouble will come to us.
There will be no war. There will be no
They do not speak the Lord's messages.
The troubles that they talk about should happen to them, not us!” ’
‘That is what the people are saying.
So I will give you a strong message to speak to them.
It will be like fire that comes out of your mouth.
And the people will burn like wood in that fire.’
‘Listen to me, you people of Israel.
I will bring an army to attack you.
They will come from a nation that is far away.
It is a strong nation that started long ago.
You do not know their language.
You cannot understand what they say.
and the food that you have stored.
They will take your sons and your daughters for themselves.
They will kill your sheep and your cows for food.
They will eat all your
They will attack your strong cities
where you thought you would be safe.
Their soldiers will knock down the walls.’
Shout it everywhere in Judah.
You have eyes, but you do not see properly.
You have ears, but you do not hear properly.” ’
I made the sand as an edge for the sea.
It is like a wall that the sea cannot cross.
but it cannot go further than that edge.
They have turned away from me.
They have chosen to go their own way.
“We should respect the Lord our God.
He sends rain for us in the autumn and in the spring.
He makes sure that we have a
You have not received God's
They like to catch people and rob them.
They hide like someone who wants to catch a bird.
They put out their
like a trap that is full of beautiful birds.
and they have robbed them.
That is how they have become rich and powerful.
They will never stop doing
They do not help poor people or children who have no family.
They do not try to get
‘I will certainly
I will pay back this wicked nation for their sins.
And my people love to live like this!
But when all this comes to an end,
my people will be