1You will be righteous, LORD, a
even if I bring a case against You.
Yet, I wish to contend with You: b
Why does the way of the wicked prosper? c
Why do all the treacherous live at ease?
2You planted them, d and they have taken root.
They have grown and produced fruit.
You are ever on their lips, e
but far from their conscience. f g
3As for You, LORD, You know me; You see me. h
You test whether my heart is with You. i
Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughter j
and set them apart for the day of killing.
4How long will the land mourn k
and the grass of every field wither?
Because of the evil of its residents,
animals and birds have been swept away, l
for the people have said,
“He cannot see what our end will be.” m n
The Lord’s Response
5If you have raced with runners
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble o in a peaceful land,
what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan? p
6Even your brothers — your own father’s household —
even they were treacherous to you; q
even they have cried out loudly after you. r
Do not have confidence in them,
though they speak well of you.
7I have abandoned My house; s
I have deserted My inheritance.
I have given the love of My life
into the hands of her enemies.
8My inheritance has acted toward Me
like a lion in the forest.
She has roared against Me.
Therefore, I hate her. t
9Is My inheritance like a hyena u to Me?
Are birds of prey circling her?
Go, gather all the wild animals; v
bring them to devour her.
10Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard;
they have trampled My plot of land. w
They have turned My desirable plot
into a desolate wasteland.
11They have made it a desolation.
It mourns, desolate, before Me.
All the land is desolate,
but no one takes it to heart. x
12Over all the barren heights in the wilderness
the destroyers have come,
for the LORD has a sword that devours
from one end of the earth to the other.
No one has peace. y
13They have sown wheat but harvested thorns. z
They have exhausted themselves but have no profit. aa
Be put to shame by your harvests
because of the LORD’s burning anger. ab
14This is what the LORD says: “Concerning all My evil neighbors who attack the inheritance that I bequeathed to My people, Israel, I am about to uproot them ac from their land, and I will uproot the house of Judah from them.
15After I have uprooted them, I will once again have compassion ad on them and return each one to his inheritance and to his land.
16If they will diligently learn the ways of My people ae — to swear by My name, ‘As •Yahweh lives,’ just as they taught My people to swear by •Baal — they will be built up among My people.
17However, if they will not obey, then I will uproot and destroy that nation.” af
This is the LORD’s declaration.
a. 12:1 Ezr 9:15; Neh 9:8,33; Ps 119:137
b. 12:1 Jb 9:14-15; 13:13-28; 23:2-17
c. 12:1 Ps 73
d. 12:2 Ps 1:3; Jr 17:7-8
e. 12:2 Lit are near in their mouth
f. 12:2 Lit kidneys
g. 12:2 Ps 28:3; Is 29:13
h. 12:3 Ps 139; Jr 1:5
i. 12:3 Ps 7:9; Jr 11:20
j. 12:3 Jr 11:19
k. 12:4 Is 24:4-7; Jr 4:28; 23:10
l. 12:4 Zph 1:3
m. 12:4 LXX reads see our ways
n. 12:4 Dt 32:20; Jb 22:13; Jr 29:11
o. 12:5 Or you are secure
p. 12:5 Jr 50:44
q. 12:6 Jn 1:11
r. 12:6 Jr 11:19
s. 12:7 Ezk 8:1–11:25
t. 12:8 Hs 9:15; Am 6:8
u. 12:9 Hb obscure
v. 12:9 Is 56:9; Jr 7:33
w. 12:10 Is 63:18
x. 12:11 Is 42:25
y. 12:12 2Ch 15:5; Is 48:22; Ezk 13:16
z. 12:13 Lv 26:16; Dt 28:38; Hs 8:7; Mc 6:15; Hg 1:6
aa. 12:13 Is 55:2
ab. 12:13 Jr 4:26; 25:37-38
ac. 12:14 Jr 1:10; 18:7-8
ad. 12:15 Jr 30:18; 31:20; 33:26; 42:12
ae. 12:16 Is 2:2-4; Mc 4:1-5
af. 12:17 Is 60:12