Amplified Bible

Jeremiah 5

Jerusalem’s Godlessness

1“Roam back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem,
And look now and take note.
And look in her open squares
To see if you can find a man [as Abraham sought in Sodom],
One who is just, who [has integrity and moral courage and] seeks truth (faithfulness);
Then I will pardon Jerusalem—[for the sake of one uncompromisingly righteous person].

“And though they say, ‘As the Lord lives,’
Surely they swear [their oaths] falsely.”

O Lord, do not Your eyes look for truth?
You [have seen their faithless heart and] have stricken them,
But they did not weaken;
You have consumed them,
But they refused to take correction or instruction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent and return to You.


Then I said, “[Surely] these are only the poor (uneducated);
They are [sinfully] foolish and have no [spiritual] understanding,
For they do not know the way of the Lord
Or the ordinance of their God [and the requirements of His just and righteous law].

“I will go to the great [men]
And speak to them,
For they [must] know the way of the Lord,
The ordinance of their God.”
But [I found the reverse to be true, that] they too had all alike broken the yoke [of God’s law]
And had burst the bonds [of obedience to Him].

Therefore a lion from the forest will kill them,
A wolf of the deserts will destroy them,
A leopard is watching their cities.
Everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces,
Because their transgressions are many,
Their desertions of faith are countless.


“Why should I [overlook these offenses and] forgive you?
Your children have abandoned (rejected) Me
And sworn [their oaths] by those who are not gods.
When I had fed them until they were full [and bound them to Me by a promise],
They committed [spiritual] adultery,
Assembling in troops at the houses of prostitutes (idols).

“They were like well-fed, lusty stallions,
Each one neighing after his neighbor’s wife.

“Shall I not punish them [for these things]?” says the Lord;
“Shall I not avenge Myself
On a nation such as this?”

10 
“Go up through the rows of Jerusalem’s vineyards and destroy [them],
But do not completely destroy everything.
Strip away her branches and the tendrils [of her vines],
For they are not the Lord’s.
11 
“For the house of Israel and the house of Judah
Have dealt very treacherously (faithlessly) with Me,” declares the Lord.
12 
They have lied about and denied the Lord
By saying, “It is not He [who speaks through His prophets];
Misfortune and evil shall not come on us,
Nor will we see war or famine.
13 
“The prophets are like the [a]wind [their prophecy will not come to pass],
And the word [of God] is not in them.
In this manner it will be done to them [as they prophesied, not to us].”

Judgment Proclaimed

14 
Therefore, thus says the Lord God of hosts,
“Because you [people] have spoken this word,
Behold, I am making My words a fire in your mouth [Jeremiah]
And this people wood, and My words will consume them.
15 
“Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from far away, O house of Israel,” says the Lord.
“It is a mighty and enduring nation,
It is an ancient nation,
A nation whose language you do not know,
Whose words you do not comprehend.
16 
“Their quiver is [filled with the dead] like an open grave;
They are all mighty men [heroes of their nation].
17 
“They will consume your harvest and [eat up] your bread;
They will consume your sons and your daughters;
They will consume your flocks and your herds;
They will consume your vines and your fig trees.
With the sword they will break down and demolish your fortified cities in which you trust.

18 “But even in those days,” says the Lord, “I will not totally destroy you. 19 It will come about when your people say, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘As you have abandoned (rejected) Me,’ [says the Lord,] ‘and have served strange and foreign gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.’

20 
“Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying:
21 
‘Now hear this, O foolish people without heart,
Who have eyes but do not see,
Who have ears but do not hear.
22 
‘Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.
‘Do you not tremble [in awe] in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal decree and a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass.
Though the waves [of the sea] toss and break, yet they cannot prevail [against the sand ordained to hold them back];
Though the waves and the billows roar, yet they cannot cross over [the barrier].
[Is not such a God to be feared?]
23 
‘But this people has a stubborn heart and a rebellious will [that draws them away from Me];
They have turned away and have gone [into idolatry].
24 
‘They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear and worship the Lord our God [with profound awe and reverence],
Who gives rain in its season,
Both the autumn and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The appointed weeks of the harvest.”
25 
‘Your wickedness has turned these [blessings] away,
And your sins have withheld good [harvests] from you.
26 
‘For wicked men are found among My people,
They watch like fowlers who lie in wait;
They set a trap,
They catch men.
27 
‘As a cage is full of birds,
So are their houses full of deceit and treachery;
Therefore they have become influential and rich.
28 
‘They are fat and they are sleek (prosperous),
They [b]excel in acts of wickedness;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the orphan, so that they [the wicked] may prosper,
And they do not defend the rights of the poor.
29 
‘Shall I not punish them [for these things]?’ says the Lord.
‘Shall I not avenge Myself
On such a nation as this?’

30 
“An appalling and horrible thing [bringing desolation and destruction]
Has come to pass in the land:
31 
The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule [c]on their own authority;
And My people love [to have] it so!
But what will you do when the end comes?

Notas al pie

  1. Jeremiah 5:13 The same Hebrew word (ruach) means both “wind” and “spirit,” so this statement was actually a subtle wordplay insulting not only the prophets but also the Holy Spirit who inspired them.
  2. Jeremiah 5:28 Lit pass over, or, overlook deeds.
  3. Jeremiah 5:31 Lit by their own hands.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

耶利米書 5

耶路撒冷的罪

1耶和華說:

「你們在耶路撒冷街頭四處看看,
在廣場找找,
如果你們能找到一個公正誠實的人,
我就赦免這城。
雖然他們憑永活的耶和華起誓,
卻口是心非。」
耶和華啊,你要的不是誠實嗎?
你責打他們,他們不感到疼痛;
你嚴懲他們,他們仍不受教。
他們屢教不改,
臉比石頭還硬。

我想:「他們貧窮、愚昧,
不明白他們上帝耶和華的道,
也不知道祂的法令。
我要找他們的首領說話,
因為這些首領明白耶和華的道,
知道他們上帝的法令。」
然而,他們卻一致違背耶和華的律法,
不服從祂的法令。
因此,林中的獅子必襲擊他們,
荒野的豺狼必殘害他們,
豹子也蹲伏在他們的城外,
伺機撕裂出城的人,
因為他們罪大惡極,屢屢叛道。

耶和華說:
「耶路撒冷啊,我怎能赦免你呢?
你的兒女背棄我,
憑假神起誓。
我供應他們的一切需要,
他們卻縱情淫亂,
湧向娼妓的家。
他們像吃得肥壯、發情的公馬,
垂涎鄰居的妻子。
我怎能不懲罰他們呢?
我怎能不親自報應這樣的國民呢?
這是耶和華說的。
10 你們要去毀壞她的葡萄園,
但不可徹底毀壞。
要砍掉枝子,
因為那些枝子不屬於耶和華。
11 以色列人和猶大人根本不忠於我。
這是耶和華說的。

12 「他們撒謊說,
『耶和華不會管我們,
我們必不會遇到災禍、戰爭和饑荒。
13 先知的話不過是一陣風,
不是來自上帝,
他們預言的災禍必降臨到自己身上。』」

14 因此,萬軍之上帝耶和華對我說:
「因為他們說了這話,
我要使我的話在你口中成為火,
使他們像柴一樣被燒毀。
15 以色列人啊,我要使一個國家,
一個歷久不衰的古國從遠方來攻擊你們,
你們不明白他們的語言,
也聽不懂他們說的話。
這是耶和華說的。
16 他們都是勇士,
他們的弓箭殺人無數。
17 他們必吞噬你們的兒女、牛羊、
糧食、葡萄和無花果,
用刀劍摧毀你們所依靠的堅城。」

18 耶和華說:「即使在那時,我也不會徹底毀滅你們。 19 耶利米啊,如果有人問,『為什麼我們的上帝耶和華這樣待我們?』你可以對他們說,『你們怎樣背棄耶和華,在自己的土地上供奉外族的神明,也要怎樣在異地他鄉服侍外族人。』

20 「要在猶大向雅各家高聲宣佈,
21 『聽著,你們這群愚昧無知的人啊,
你們視而不見,
聽而不聞。
22 難道你們不敬畏我嗎?
這是耶和華說的。
難道你們在我面前不顫抖嗎?
我以沙石為海的界限,
使水永遠不能越過它。
洶湧的波濤不能逾越,
澎湃的海浪不能漫過。
23 但你們這些人頑固不化,
悖逆成性。
你們離我而去。
24 你們心中從未說,
我們要敬畏我們的上帝耶和華,
祂按時降下秋雨和春雨,
讓我們按時收割。
25 你們的罪過使你們不再風調雨順,
你們的罪惡使你們失去祝福。』
26 我的子民中有惡人,
他們像捕鳥人一樣埋伏等候,
設下網羅陷害人。
27 他們的家裡充滿了詭詐,
就像籠子裝滿了鳥。
他們變得有財有勢,
28 吃得肥胖紅潤,
壞事做盡,不為孤兒伸冤,
不為窮人主持公道。」
29 耶和華說:「我怎能坐視不理呢?
我怎能不懲罰這樣的國家呢?
30 這地方發生了一件令人震驚、恐懼的事,
31 就是先知說假預言,
祭司濫用權力,
我的子民卻以此為樂。
但當最後的結局來臨時,
他們還能做什麼呢?