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Even the stork in heaven knows its appointed time,
    and the turtledove, and the swallow, and the song bird,
they observe the time of their coming.
    But my people do not know the ordinance[a] of Yahweh.
How can you say, ‘We are wise and the law of Yahweh is with us’?
    Look, surely the lying stylus of the scribes[b] has made it a lie.
The wise will be put to shame,
    they will be dismayed,
    and they will get taken.
Look, they have rejected the word of Yahweh,
    and what is wisdom to them?

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 8:7 Or “law”
  2. Jeremiah 8:8 Literally “stylus of lie of scribes”

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