12 1Righteous art thou, O Jehovah, when I contend with thee; yet would
I reason the cause with thee: wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper?
wherefore are all they at ease that deal very treacherously?
planted them, yea, they have taken root; they grow, yea, they bring forth
fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their heart.
O Jehovah, knowest me; thou seest me, and triest my heart toward thee: pull
them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of
4How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of the whole
country wither? for the wickedness of them that dwell therein, the beasts are
consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our latter end.
5If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how
canst thou contend with horses? and though in a land of peace thou art
secure, yet how wilt thou do in the pride of the Jordan?
6For even thy
brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously
with thee; even they have cried aloud after thee: believe them not, though
they speak fair words unto thee.
7I have forsaken my house, I have cast
off my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of
8My heritage is become unto me as a lion in the forest: she
hath uttered her voice against me; therefore I have hated her.
heritage unto me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against
her round about? go ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to
10Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my
portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
11They have made it a desolation; it mourneth unto me, being desolate;
the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
12Destroyers are come upon all the bare heights in the wilderness; for
the sword of Jehovah devoureth from the one end of the land even to the other
end of the land: no flesh hath peace.
13They have sown wheat, and have
reaped thorns; they have put themselves to pain, and profit nothing: and ye
shall be ashamed of your fruits, because of the fierce anger of Jehovah.
14Thus saith Jehovah against all mine evil neighbors, that touch the
inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit: behold, I will
pluck them up from off their land, and will pluck up the house of Judah from
15And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them
up, I will return and have compassion on them; and I will bring them again,
every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
16And it shall come
to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my
name, As Jehovah liveth; even as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then
shall they be built up in the midst of my people.
17But if they will not
hear, then will I pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it, saith