Judah on Trial
for the Lord has spoken:
“I have raised children1:2 Or sons, also in v. 4 and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.1:2 Is 30:1
3The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s feeding trough,
but Israel does not know;
my people do not understand.”1:3 Jr 8:7
4Oh sinful nation,
people weighed down with iniquity,1:4 Is 13:11
They have abandoned1:4 Dt 4:31 the Lord;
they have despised1:4 Nm 14:11; Dt 31:20; Pr 5:12; Is 5:24 the Holy One of Israel;1:4 Is 5:19,24; 10:20; 12:6; 29:19; 30:11–15
they have turned their backs on him.
5Why do you want more beatings?
Why do you keep on rebelling?
The whole head is hurt,
and the whole heart is sick.
no spot is uninjured1:6 Ps 38:3 —
wounds, welts, and festering sores
not cleansed, bandaged,
or soothed with oil.
7Your land is desolate,
foreigners devour your fields
right in front of you —
a desolation, like a place demolished by foreigners.
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a shack in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
had not left us a few survivors,1:9 Is 10:21–22
we would be like Sodom,
you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
11“What are all your sacrifices to me?”
asks the Lord.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings and rams
and the fat of well-fed cattle;
I have no desire for the blood of bulls,
12When you come to appear before me,
who requires this from you —
this trampling of my courts?
Your incense is detestable to me.
I cannot stand iniquity1:13 Is 13:11 with a festival.
14I hate your New Moons and prescribed festivals.
They have become a burden to me;
I am tired of putting up with them.
I will refuse to look at you;
even if you offer countless prayers,
Purification of Jerusalem
Remove your evil deeds from my sight.
Stop doing evil.1:16 Jr 25:5
17Learn to do what is good.
Correct the oppressor.1:17 Or Aid the oppressed
Defend the rights of the fatherless.
Plead the widow’s cause.
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are scarlet,
though they are crimson red,
they will be like wool.
19If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land.1:19–20 Dt 30:15–20
20But if you refuse and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”1:20 Jr 12:12
21The faithful town —
what an adulteress1:21 Or prostitute she has become!
She was once full of justice.
Righteousness once dwelt in her,
but now, murderers!
22Your silver has become dross to be discarded,
your beer1:22 Or wine is diluted with water.
23Your rulers are rebels,
friends of thieves.1:23 Hs 5:10
They all love graft
They do not defend the rights of the fatherless,
and the widow’s case never comes before them.1:23 Ex 22:22; Dt 24:17; Is 10:2; Jr 5:28; Ezk 22:7; Zch 7:10
24Therefore the Lord God of Armies,
the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah, I will get even with my foes;
and will burn away your dross completely;1:25 Lit dross as with lye
and your advisers to what they were at the start.
a Faithful Town.”
27Zion will be redeemed by justice,
those who repent, by righteousness.1:27 Rm 3:26
28At the same time both rebels and sinners will be broken,
and those who abandon the Lord will perish.
29Indeed, they1:29 Some Hb mss; other Hb mss, Tg read you will be ashamed of the sacred trees
and you will be embarrassed because of the garden shrines
30For you will become like an oak
whose leaves are withered,
31The strong one will become tinder,
and his work a spark;
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