Sin brings punishment
When people fall down, they get up again.
When people realize that they are on the wrong road,
they turn around.
They turn away from me all the time.
They believe the
and they refuse to return to me.
but they do not say what is right.
They are not sorry for the
None of them say, “I have done something wrong.”
They all continue to do what they want to do.
They are like horses that are running into a
That is true for storks, doves, swallows and cranes.
Birds know when it is time to return,
but my people do not know my
because we have the law of the Lord.”
But I tell you, your teachers have changed my laws.
They teach you
Enemies will catch them as their prisoners.
They have refused to accept the Lord's message.
So they are not really wise.
Their fields will belong to other men.
Important people and ordinary people do that.
They love to deceive people.
They say to them,
“No problem! You will have
But there will be no peace for my people.
They do not even know what shame is.
They have forgotten how to be ashamed.
So they will fall to the ground,
as other people have fallen.
that will be the end of them.’
That is what the Lord says.
‘I will take away the
The leaves on their trees will dry up and die.
All the good things that I gave to them will
‘We should not sit here and do nothing.
We must all go together into our strong cities.
If we have to die, we will die there!
The Lord our God has said that we must die.
We have done bad things against him.
He has decided to punish us with death.
He has given us water to drink that has poison in it.
but nothing good has happened to us.
We wanted to rest without trouble,
but instead we are afraid.
the noise of the enemy's horses.
They are coming to attack our land,
They will destroy the whole land
and everything in it.
They will destroy the cities
and all the people who live in them.’
‘Yes! I am sending an enemy's army to attack you.
They will be like dangerous snakes that have poison.
Nobody can stop them!
They will bite you and kill you.’
‘I am very sad and
I will never get better again.
They are calling out for help everywhere in the land.
They are saying, “Is the Lord still with us in
Is he still there to rule us as our King?” ’
The Lord replies,
That has made me very angry.’
‘We have taken in all our
The summer has finished.
And still nobody has
because my dear people have so much pain.
I weep and I cry, as if a friend had died.
There is a doctor there who can make my dear people better.
But my people are still ill.
Why are they not better?