Jeremiah 8:4-17 (JDV)
Jeremiah 8:4 “You are to say to them: This is what Yahveh says: Do people fall and not get up again? If they turn away, do they not turn back?
Jeremiah 8:5 Why have these people turned away? Why is Jerusalem always rebelling? They take hold of a lie; they refuse to turn back.
Jeremiah 8:6 I have listened and paid careful attention. They do not speak what is right. No one regrets his evil, asking, ‘What have I done? ‘ Everyone has stayed his course like a horse rushing headlong into battle.
Jeremiah 8:7 Even storks in the sky know their seasons. Turtledoves, swallows, and cranes are aware of their migration, but my people do not know the requirements of Yahveh.
Jeremiah 8:8 “How can you claim, ‘We are wise; the instruction of Yahveh is with us’? Notice, the lying pen of scribes has produced falsehood.
Jeremiah 8:9 The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and snared. Notice, they have rejected the word of Yahveh, so what wisdom do they really have?
Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore, I will give their wives to other men, their fields to new occupants, for from the least to the greatest, everyone is making profit dishonestly. From prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.
Jeremiah 8:11 They have treated the brokenness of my dear people minimally, claiming, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.
Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they acted so detestably? They weren’t at all ashamed. They can no longer feel humiliation. Therefore, they will fall among the fallen. When I punish them, they will collapse,” says Yahveh.
Jeremiah 8:13 I will gather them and bring them to an end. This is what Yahveh declares. There will be no grapes on the vine, no figs on the fig tree, and even the leaf will wilt. Whatever I have given them will be lost to them.
Jeremiah 8:14 What are we sitting for? Gather together; let us enter the fortified cities and perish there, because Yahveh our God has destroyed us. He has given us poisoned water to drink, because we have failed Yahveh.
Jeremiah 8:15 We hoped for peace, but there was nothing good; for a time of healing, but notice—there was only terror.
Jeremiah 8:16 From Dan, the snorting of horses is heard. At the sound of the neighing of mighty steeds, the whole land quakes. They come to devour the land and everything in it, the city and all its residents.
Jeremiah 8:17 Notice, I am about to send snakes among you, poisonous vipers that cannot be charmed. They will bite you. This is what Yahveh declares.
Jeremiah condemns his people because they knew they were sinning against the Lord but they just kept on sinning. He compared them to a battle horse, who is trained to keep running straight into the conflict.
As a consequence of this stubborn sinfulness, the Lord is going to send battle horses from the enemy. From the north (Dan) these foreign invaders will come and devour the land and its people.
Lord, forgive us for our stubborn sinfulness. Teach us your ways.