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Even the stork in the heavens
    knows her times;
and the turtledove, swallow, and crane[a]
    keep the time of their coming;
but my people know not
    the ordinance of the Lord.[b]

“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
    and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the false pen of the scribes
    has made it into a lie.
The wise men shall be put to shame,
    they shall be dismayed and taken;
lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord,
    and what wisdom is in them?

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 8:7 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  2. 8.7 cf. Is 1.3.

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