punish people who choose to do wrong things.
‘When men fall down, they get up again.
When a man goes away, he comes back.
The people in Jerusalem always turn away.
They choose to believe things that are not true.
They refuse to return to me.
But they do not say what is right.
Nobody is sorry for the bad things that they have done.
They think, “Nobody knows what we have done.”
Each person does the things that he wants.
He is like a horse that is running to the fight.
Small birds know when it is time for them to fly away.
But my people do not know
what I want them to do.
We know it because we have the
Your writers have written what is not true!
Those people will be ashamed. Enemies will catch them like animals in a field.
They have refused to hear the Lord's message.
They are not very clever.
Other men will have their fields.
All people, rich and poor, want to have more and more things.
tell people things that are not true.
But they say that it is not important.
They say, “
They are not sorry.
Their faces do not get red.
So they will fall when other men fall.
I will bring them down when I
The leaves of the trees will dry up and die.
I will take away everything that I have given to them.’
‘We should not be sitting here like this.
We must come together.
Let us run to the cities with strong walls.
We will die there!
The Lord our God has said that we must die.
He has given to us water to drink that has poison in it
because we have not obeyed him.
We wanted God to make us well, but he made us afraid.
They can hear them, even from Dan.
All the country
They have come to destroy the country and everything in it.
They will get power over the city and over all the people who live there.’
Nobody can stop them! They will bite you.’
But now I feel weak and afraid.
They ask if the Lord is still in Jerusalem.
They think that their king has gone away.’
The Lord replies, ‘They have made me angry with their
The summer is finished. And you have not yet saved us.’
I feel sad as if they were dead. And I am afraid for them.
He will not make them better.