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Ang mga Reklamo ni Jeremias

12 O Ginoo, kon may reklamo ako kontra sa imo, nagaguwa nga husto ka. Pero karon may pamangkot ako parte sa imo hustisya: Ngaa bala nga nagauswag ang mga malaot? Ngaa nagakabuhi nga matawhay ang mga tawo nga nagaluib sa imo? Ginpakamaayo mo sila pareho sang kahoy nga nakapanggamot, nga nagtubo kag nagpamunga. Ginadayaw ka nila sa ila lang baba kag indi halin sa ila tagipusuon. Pero kilala mo ako, O Ginoo. Nakita mo ang akon mga ginahimo kag nahibaluan mo kon ano ang akon pagkilala sa imo. Guyura ini nga mga tawo pareho sang mga karnero nga ilihawon. Paina sila para ihawon. Hasta san-o pa bala ang pagmala sang duta kag ang pagkalaya sang mga hilamon? Nagakalamatay ang mga sapat kag ang mga pispis tungod sa kalautan sang mga katawhan nga nagaestar sa sini nga duta. Nagasiling pa sila, “Wala nagapahilabot ang Dios sa aton madangatan.”

Ang Sabat sang Dios

Nagsabat ang Ginoo, “Jeremias, kon ginakapuyan ka gani sa pagpalumba sa mga tawo, ano pa ayhan sa mga kabayo? Kon nagakadasma ka gani sa mahawan nga lugar, ano pa ayhan sa kagulangan nga malapit sa Suba sang Jordan? Bisan ang imo mga utod nga lalaki kag mga paryente nagluib sa imo. Nagreklamo sila kag nagplano sing malain kontra sa imo. Indi ka magsalig sa ila bisan maayo pa ang ila ihambal sa imo.

“Sikwayon ko ang akon katawhan, ang nasyon nga akon ginapanag-iyahan. Itugyan ko ang akon hinigugma nga katawhan sa kamot sang ila mga kaaway. Nagbato sila sa akon pareho sang nagangurob nga leon sa kagulangan, gani ginakaugtan ko sila. Nangin makangilil-ad sila sa akon pareho sang pispis nga nagapangdagit. Kag sila mismo ginalibutan sang mga pispis nga nagapangdagit. Ipatipon ko ang tanan nga mapintas nga mga sapat sa pagkaon sa ila. 10 Laglagon sang madamo nga mga pangulo ang Juda nga ginakabig ko nga akon talamnan sang ubas. Tasak-tasakon nila ining matahom ko nga duta kag himuon nga kamingawan. 11 Himuon nila ini nga isa ka mamingaw nga lugar kag wala na sing pulos sa akon atubangan. Mangin kamingawan ini, kay wala na sing may magakabalaka sini. 12 Magaabot ang mga manuglaglag sa mahawan nga mga bukid sa desierto sa paglaglag sang bug-os nga duta, kag wala gid sing may makapalagyo. 13 Magatanom ang akon katawhan sang trigo, pero magaani sila sang mga tunok. Magapangabudlay sila sing tudo-tudo, pero wala sila sing may makuha. Magaani sila sang kahuy-anan tungod sa akon puwerte nga kaakig.”

14 Nagsiling pa gid ang Ginoo, “Amo ini ang himuon ko sa tanan nga malaot nga nasyon sa palibot sang Israel, nga nagahingabot sa duta nga ginhatag ko sa akon katawhan bilang ila palanublion: Pahalinon ko sila sa ila duta, subong nga pahalinon ko ang mga taga-Juda sa ila duta. 15 Pero sa ulihi, kaluoyan ko liwat ini nga mga nasyon kag ibalik ko sila sa ila kaugalingon nga duta. 16 Kag kon batunon nila sing tinagipusuon ang pagtuluohan sang akon katawhan kag magsumpa sa akon ngalan, subong nga gintudluan nila sadto ang akon katawhan sa pagsumpa sa ngalan ni Baal, mangin bahin man sila sang akon katawhan. 17 Pero kon may ara nga nasyon nga indi magtuman sa akon, pahalinon ko gid sila sa ila duta kag laglagon. Ako, ang Ginoo, ang nagasiling sini.”

Jeremiah’s Complaint

12 You are always righteous,(A) Lord,
    when I bring a case(B) before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:(C)
    Why does the way of the wicked prosper?(D)
    Why do all the faithless live at ease?
You have planted(E) them, and they have taken root;
    they grow and bear fruit.(F)
You are always on their lips
    but far from their hearts.(G)
Yet you know me, Lord;
    you see me and test(H) my thoughts about you.
Drag them off like sheep(I) to be butchered!
    Set them apart for the day of slaughter!(J)
How long will the land lie parched(K)
    and the grass in every field be withered?(L)
Because those who live in it are wicked,
    the animals and birds have perished.(M)
Moreover, the people are saying,
    “He will not see what happens to us.”

God’s Answer

“If you have raced with men on foot
    and they have worn you out,
    how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in safe country,
    how will you manage in the thickets(N) by[b] the Jordan?
Your relatives, members of your own family—
    even they have betrayed you;
    they have raised a loud cry against you.(O)
Do not trust them,
    though they speak well of you.(P)

“I will forsake(Q) my house,
    abandon(R) my inheritance;
I will give the one I love(S)
    into the hands of her enemies.(T)
My inheritance has become to me
    like a lion(U) in the forest.
She roars at me;
    therefore I hate her.(V)
Has not my inheritance become to me
    like a speckled bird of prey
    that other birds of prey surround and attack?
Go and gather all the wild beasts;
    bring them to devour.(W)
10 Many shepherds(X) will ruin my vineyard
    and trample down my field;
they will turn my pleasant field
    into a desolate wasteland.(Y)
11 It will be made a wasteland,(Z)
    parched and desolate before me;(AA)
the whole land will be laid waste
    because there is no one who cares.
12 Over all the barren heights in the desert
    destroyers will swarm,
for the sword(AB) of the Lord(AC) will devour(AD)
    from one end of the land to the other;(AE)
    no one will be safe.(AF)
13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns;
    they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.(AG)
They will bear the shame of their harvest
    because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”(AH)

14 This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance(AI) I gave my people Israel, I will uproot(AJ) them from their lands and I will uproot(AK) the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion(AL) and will bring(AM) each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learn(AN) well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’(AO)—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal(AP)—then they will be established among my people.(AQ) 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy(AR) it,” declares the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 12:5 Or you feel secure only
  2. Jeremiah 12:5 Or the flooding of

12 Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.

But thou, O Lord, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.

I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.

Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.

10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.

12 The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the Lord shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.

13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

14 Thus saith the Lord against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.

15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.

16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The Lord liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.

17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah’s Question

12 Righteous (A)are You, O Lord, when I plead with You;
Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments.
(B)Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?
You have planted them, yes, they have taken root;
They grow, yes, they bear fruit.
(C)You are near in their mouth
But far from their [a]mind.

But You, O Lord, (D)know me;
You have seen me,
And You have (E)tested my heart toward You.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
And prepare them for (F)the day of slaughter.
How long will (G)the land mourn,
And the herbs of every field wither?
(H)The beasts and birds are consumed,
(I)For the wickedness of those who dwell there,
Because they said, “He will not see our final end.”

The Lord Answers Jeremiah

“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you,
Then how can you contend with horses?
And if in the land of peace,
In which you trusted, they wearied you,
Then how will you do in (J)the [b]floodplain of the Jordan?
For even (K)your brothers, the house of your father,
Even they have dealt treacherously with you;
Yes, they have called [c]a multitude after you.
(L)Do not believe them,
Even though they speak [d]smooth words to you.

“I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage;
I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies.
My heritage is to Me like a lion in the forest;
It cries out against Me;
Therefore I have (M)hated it.
My [e]heritage is to Me like a speckled vulture;
The vultures all around are against her.
Come, assemble all the beasts of the field,
(N)Bring them to devour!

10 “Many (O)rulers[f] have destroyed (P)My vineyard,
They have (Q)trodden My portion underfoot;
They have made My [g]pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it (R)desolate;
Desolate, it mourns to Me;
The whole land is made desolate,
Because (S)no one takes it to heart.
12 The plunderers have come
On all the desolate heights in the wilderness,
For the sword of the Lord shall devour
From one end of the land to the other end of the land;
No flesh shall have peace.
13 (T)They have sown wheat but reaped thorns;
They have [h]put themselves to pain but do not profit.
But be ashamed of your harvest
Because of the fierce anger of the Lord.”

14 Thus says the Lord: “Against all My evil neighbors who (U)touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit—behold, I will (V)pluck them out of their land and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. 15 (W)Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them (X)and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land. 16 And it shall be, if they will learn carefully the ways of My people, (Y)to swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be (Z)established in the midst of My people. 17 But if they do not (AA)obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 12:2 Most secret parts, lit. kidneys
  2. Jeremiah 12:5 Or thicket
  3. Jeremiah 12:6 Or abundantly
  4. Jeremiah 12:6 Lit. good
  5. Jeremiah 12:9 inheritance
  6. Jeremiah 12:10 Lit. shepherds or pastors
  7. Jeremiah 12:10 desired portion of land
  8. Jeremiah 12:13 Or strained

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