Jeremiah 12
American Standard Version
The Prosperity of the Wicked

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?

2Thou 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 heart.

3But thou, 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 slaughter.

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.

God's Answer to Jeremiah

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 her enemies.

8My heritage is become unto me as a lion in the forest: she hath uttered her voice against me; therefore I have hated her.

9Is my 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 devour.

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.

A Message for Israel's Neighbors

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 among them. 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 Jehovah.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. Jeremiah, complaining of the prosperity of the wicked, by faith sees their ruin.
5. God admonishes him of his brothers' treachery against him;
7. and laments his heritage.
14. He promises to the penitent return from captivity.
Jeremiah 1: The Words of Jeremiah

Jeremiah 2: Israel Has Forsaken God

Jeremiah 3: The Polluted Land

Jeremiah 4: God Calls Israel by His Promise

Jeremiah 5: No One is Just

Jeremiah 6: Jerusalem's Final Warning

Jeremiah 7: Jeremiah's Message at the Temple Gate

Jeremiah 8: Judah's Sin and Punishment

Jeremiah 9: Jeremiah's Continual Tears

Jeremiah 10: The Sovereignty of God

Jeremiah 11: The Broken Covenant

Jeremiah 12: The Prosperity of the Wicked

Jeremiah 13: The Linen Belt

Jeremiah 14: Drought, Famine, Sword, Pestilence

Jeremiah 15: Judgment to Continue

Jeremiah 16: Disaster is Predicted

Jeremiah 17: The Sin and Punishment of Judah

Jeremiah 18: The Potter and the Clay

Jeremiah 19: The Broken Jar

Jeremiah 20: Pashhur Persecutes Jeremiah

Jeremiah 21: Jerusalem Will Fall to Babylon

Jeremiah 22: A Warning for Judah's Kings

Jeremiah 23: David's Righteous Branch

Jeremiah 24: The Good and Bad Figs

Jeremiah 25: The Seventy Year Captivity

Jeremiah 26: Warning to the Cities of Judah

Jeremiah 27: The Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar

Jeremiah 28: Hananiah's False Prophecy

Jeremiah 29: Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles

Jeremiah 30: Restoration of Israel and Judah

Jeremiah 31: Mourning Turned to Joy

Jeremiah 32: Jeremiah Buys Hanamel's Field

Jeremiah 33: Restoration Promised Again

Jeremiah 34: A Prophecy Against Zedekiah

Jeremiah 35: Obedience of the Rechabites

Jeremiah 36: Jeremiah's Scroll Read in the Temple

Jeremiah 37: Jeremiah Warns Zedekiah

Jeremiah 38: Jeremiah Cast Into the Cistern

Jeremiah 39: The Fall of Jerusalem

Jeremiah 40: Jeremiah Remains in Judah

Jeremiah 41: Gedaliah Assassinated

Jeremiah 42: Warning Against Going to Egypt

Jeremiah 43: Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

Jeremiah 44: Judgment on the Jews in Egypt

Jeremiah 45: Jeremiah's Message to Baruch

Jeremiah 46: The Judgment on Egypt

Jeremiah 47: The Judgment on the Philistines

Jeremiah 48: The Judgment on Moab

Jeremiah 49: The Judgment on the Ammonites

Jeremiah 50: The Judgment on Babylon

Jeremiah 51: Severe Judgment Against Babylon

Jeremiah 52: The Fall of Jerusalem Recounted

Jeremiah 11
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