“Even the stork in the sky
(A)Knows her seasons;
And the (B)turtledove and the swift and the thrush
Observe the time of their [a]migration;
But (C)My people do not know
The ordinance of the Lord.

(D)How can you say, ‘We are wise,
And the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
Has made it into a lie.
“The wise men are (E)put to shame,
They are dismayed and caught;
Behold, they have (F)rejected the word of the Lord,
And what kind of wisdom do they have?

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 8:7 Lit coming

Even the stork in the sky
    knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
    observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know(A)
    the requirements of the Lord.

“‘How can you say, “We are wise,
    for we have the law(B) of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
    has handled it falsely?
The wise(C) will be put to shame;
    they will be dismayed(D) and trapped.(E)
Since they have rejected the word(F) of the Lord,
    what kind of wisdom(G) do they have?

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