8 “At that time, declares the Lord, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs. 2 And they shall be spread tbefore the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have gone after, and which they have sought and worshiped. uAnd they shall not be gathered or buried. vThey shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. 3 wDeath shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family xin all the places where I have driven them, declares the Lord of hosts.
yWhen men fall, do they not rise again?
5 Why then has this people zturned away
in perpetual abacksliding?
bThey hold fast to deceit;
6 cI have paid attention and listened,
dlike a horse plunging headlong into battle.
gbut my people know not
the rules2 of the Lord.
8 h“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
9 iThe wise men shall be put to shame;
they shall be dismayed jand taken;
10 kTherefore I will give their wives to others
everyone lis greedy for unjust gain;
11 They have healed mthe wound of my people lightly,
No, nthey were not at all ashamed;
oTherefore they shall fall among the fallen;
there are qno grapes on the vine,
rnor figs on the fig tree;
seven the leaves are withered,
and what I gave them has passed away from them.”3
15 wWe looked for peace, but no good came;
at the sound of the neighing zof their stallions
athe whole land quakes.
They come band devour the land and all that fills it,
17 For behold, I am sending among you cserpents,
adders dthat cannot be charmed,
eand they shall bite you,”
18 My joy is gone; grief is upon me;4
fmy heart is sick within me.
from gthe length and breadth of the land:
hIs her King not in her?”
i“Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images
21 For the wound of jthe daughter of my people is my heart wounded;
kI mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me.
22 Is there no lbalm in Gilead?