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Jeremiah 5:4-5

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5:4 I thought, “Surely it is only the ignorant poor who act this way. 1 

They act like fools because they do not know what the Lord demands. 2 

They do not know what their God requires of them. 3 

5:5 I will go to the leaders 4 

and speak with them.

Surely they know what the Lord demands. 5 

Surely they know what their God requires of them.” 6 

Yet all of them, too, have rejected his authority

and refuse to submit to him. 7 

1 tn Heb “Surely they are poor.” The translation is intended to make clear the explicit contrasts and qualifications drawn in this verse and the next.

2 tn Heb “the way of the Lord.”

3 tn Heb “the judgment [or ordinance] of their God.”

4 tn Or “people in power”; Heb “the great ones.”

5 tn Heb “the way of the Lord.”

6 tn Heb “the judgment [or ordinance] of their God.”

7 tn Heb “have broken the yoke and torn off the yoke ropes.” Compare Jer 2:20 and the note there.



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