New International Version

Jeremiah 5

Not One Is Upright

1“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,
    look around and consider,
    search through her squares.
If you can find but one person
    who deals honestly and seeks the truth,
    I will forgive this city.
Although they say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’
    still they are swearing falsely.”

Lord, do not your eyes look for truth?
    You struck them, but they felt no pain;
    you crushed them, but they refused correction.
They made their faces harder than stone
    and refused to repent.
I thought, “These are only the poor;
    they are foolish,
for they do not know the way of the Lord,
    the requirements of their God.
So I will go to the leaders
    and speak to them;
surely they know the way of the Lord,
    the requirements of their God.”
But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke
    and torn off the bonds.
Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them,
    a wolf from the desert will ravage them,
a leopard will lie in wait near their towns
    to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
    and their backslidings many.

“Why should I forgive you?
    Your children have forsaken me
    and sworn by gods that are not gods.
I supplied all their needs,
    yet they committed adultery
    and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.
They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
    each neighing for another man’s wife.
Should I not punish them for this?”
    declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge myself
    on such a nation as this?

10 “Go through her vineyards and ravage them,
    but do not destroy them completely.
Strip off her branches,
    for these people do not belong to the Lord.
11 The people of Israel and the people of Judah
    have been utterly unfaithful to me,”
declares the Lord.

12 They have lied about the Lord;
    they said, “He will do nothing!
No harm will come to us;
    we will never see sword or famine.
13 The prophets are but wind
    and the word is not in them;
    so let what they say be done to them.”

14 Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty says:

“Because the people have spoken these words,
    I will make my words in your mouth a fire
    and these people the wood it consumes.
15 People of Israel,” declares the Lord,
    “I am bringing a distant nation against you—
an ancient and enduring nation,
    a people whose language you do not know,
    whose speech you do not understand.
16 Their quivers are like an open grave;
    all of them are mighty warriors.
17 They will devour your harvests and food,
    devour your sons and daughters;
they will devour your flocks and herds,
    devour your vines and fig trees.
With the sword they will destroy
    the fortified cities in which you trust.

18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not destroy you completely. 19 And when the people ask, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.’

20 “Announce this to the descendants of Jacob
    and proclaim it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
    who have eyes but do not see,
    who have ears but do not hear:
22 Should you not fear me?” declares the Lord.
    “Should you not tremble in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,
    an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
    they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
    they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good.

26 “Among my people are the wicked
    who lie in wait like men who snare birds
    and like those who set traps to catch people.
27 Like cages full of birds,
    their houses are full of deceit;
they have become rich and powerful
28     and have grown fat and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;
    they do not defend the just cause of the poor.
29 Should I not punish them for this?”
    declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge myself
    on such a nation as this?

30 “A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,
    the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
    But what will you do in the end?

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?