When I speak about matters of justice with you.
But why is the way of wicked ones successful,+
And why are the treacherous unworried?
2 You planted them, and they have taken root.
They have grown and produced fruit.
You have examined my heart and found it in union with you.+
Single them out like sheep for slaughtering,
And set them apart for the day of killing.
Because of the evil of those dwelling in it,
The beasts and the birds have been swept away.
For they have said: “He does not see what will happen to us.”
Even if you are confident in the land of peace,
How will you fare among the dense thickets along the Jordan?
They have raised a loud cry against you.
Do not put faith in them,
Even if they speak good things to you.
8 My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest.
She has roared against me.
So I have come to hate her.
The other birds of prey surround it and attack it.+
Come, gather together, all you beasts of the field,
Come to eat.+
They have turned my desirable portion of land into a desolate wilderness.
11 It has become a wasteland.
The whole land has been made desolate,
But no man takes it to heart.+
12 On all the worn paths through the wilderness the destroyers have come,
For the sword of Jehovah is devouring from one end of the land to the other end.+
There is no peace for anyone.*
They have worn themselves out, but to no benefit.
They will be ashamed of their produce
Because of the burning anger of Jehovah.”
14 This is what Jehovah says against all my wicked neighbors, who are touching the inheritance that I caused my people Israel to possess:+ “Here I am uprooting them from their land,+ and I will uproot the house of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have mercy on them and bring each of them back to his inheritance and to his land.”
16 “And if they make sure to learn the ways of my people and to swear by my name, ‘As surely as Jehovah is alive!’ just as they taught my people to swear by Baʹal, they will then be built up among my people. 17 But if they refuse to obey, I will also uproot that nation, uprooting and destroying it,” declares Jehovah.+