How long will the land lie parched(A)
    and the grass in every field be withered?(B)
Because those who live in it are wicked,
    the animals and birds have perished.(C)
Moreover, the people are saying,
    “He will not see what happens to us.”

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12 Who is wise(A) enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?

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The ground is cracked
    because there is no rain in the land;(A)
the farmers are dismayed
    and cover their heads.

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10 The land is full of adulterers;(A)
    because of the curse[a](B) the land lies parched
    and the pastures(C) in the wilderness are withered.(D)
The prophets follow an evil course
    and use their power unjustly.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 23:10 Or because of these things
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