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Jeremiah 8:10-12

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8:10 1 So I will give their wives to other men

and their fields to new owners.

For from the least important to the most important of them,

all of them are greedy for dishonest gain.

Prophets and priests alike,

all practice deceit.

8:11 They offer only superficial help

for the hurt my dear people 2  have suffered. 3 

They say, “Everything will be all right!”

But everything is not all right! 4 

8:12 Are they ashamed because they have done such disgusting things?

No, they are not at all ashamed!

They do not even know how to blush!

So they will die just like others have died. 5 

They will be brought to ruin when I punish them,

says the Lord.

1 sn See Jer 6:12-15 for parallels to 8:10-12. The words of Jeremiah to the people may have been repeated on more than one occasion or have been found appropriate to more than one of his collection of messages in written and edited form. See Jer 36:4 and Jer 36:28 for reference to at least two of these collections.

2 tn Heb “daughter of my people.” For the translation given here see 4:11 and the note on the phrase “dear people” there.

3 tn Heb “They heal the wound of my people lightly.”

4 tn Heb “They say, ‘Peace! Peace!’ and there is no peace!”

5 tn Heb “They will fall among the fallen.”



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