Bible: Jeremiah 6:9-15

6:9 This is what the Lord who rules over all 1  said to me: 2 

“Those who remain in Israel will be

like the grapes thoroughly gleaned 3  from a vine.

So go over them again, as though you were a grape harvester

passing your hand over the branches one last time.” 4 

6:10 I answered, 5 

“Who would listen

if I spoke to them and warned them? 6 

Their ears are so closed 7 

that they cannot hear!

Indeed, 8  what the Lord says is offensive to them.

They do not like it at all. 9 

6:11 I am as full of anger as you are, Lord, 10 

I am tired of trying to hold it in.”

The Lord answered, 11 

“Vent it, then, 12  on the children who play in the street

and on the young men who are gathered together.

Husbands and wives are to be included, 13 

as well as the old and those who are advanced in years.

6:12 Their houses will be turned over to others

as will their fields and their wives.

For I will unleash my power 14 

against those who live in this land,”

says the Lord.

6:13That is because, from the least important to the most important of them,

all of them are greedy for dishonest gain.

Prophets and priests alike,

all of them practice deceit.

6:14 They offer only superficial help

for the harm my people have suffered. 15 

They say, ‘Everything will be all right!’

But everything is not all right! 16 

6:15 Are they ashamed because they have done such shameful things?

No, they are not at all ashamed.

They do not even know how to blush!

So they will die, just like others have died. 17 

They will be brought to ruin when I punish them,”

says the Lord.

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