Bible: Jer 9:12-16

9:12 I said, 1 

“Who is wise enough to understand why this has happened? 2 

Who has a word from the Lord that can explain it? 3 

Why does the land lie in ruins?

Why is it as scorched as a desert through which no one travels?

9:13 The Lord answered, “This has happened because these people have rejected my laws which I gave them. They have not obeyed me or followed those laws. 4  9:14 Instead they have followed the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts. They have paid allegiance to 5  the gods called Baal, 6  as their fathers 7  taught them to do. 9:15 So then, listen to what I, the Lord God of Israel who rules over all, 8  say. 9  ‘I will make these people eat the bitter food of suffering and drink the poison water of judgment. 10  9:16 I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors 11  have known anything about. I will send people chasing after them with swords 12  until I have destroyed them.’ 13 

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