Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with
thee of thy judgments: Wherefore
doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal
(12:1) "Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper?
wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?"|
Do evildoers prosper?
Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they
bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.||
But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart
toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them
for the day of slaughter.||
(12:3) "Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
and prepare them for the day of slaughter."|
Jeremiah asks God to drag away his enemies like "sheep for the slaughter."
How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for
the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the
birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.
If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how
canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou
trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of
For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt
treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee:
believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.||
|12:7 I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the
dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.||
God delivered his people "into the hand of her enemies." He "hates" his "dearly
beloved" people and plans to feed them to the birds.
(12:7) "I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies."
(12:8) "Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it."
(12:9) "Come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour."
|12:8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against
me: therefore have I hated it.
Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are
against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion
under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the
whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD
shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land:
no flesh shall have peace.||
(12:12) "The sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the
land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace."|
God's sword will "devour" everyone until "no flesh shall have peace."
They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to
pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues
because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the
inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will
pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among
And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will
return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to
his heritage, and every man to his land.||
(12:16) "Swear by my name." |
(Which one, Jealous
or great in might?)
Is it OK to swear?
(12:17) "If they will not obey,
I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD."
And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my
to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as they taught my people to
swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.
But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck
up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.