Superficial treatments for mortal wounds

Jeremiah 8

10 I will give their wives to others
and their farms to strangers.
From the least to the greatest,
their lives are ruled by greed.
Yes, even my prophets and priests are like that.
They are all frauds.

11 They offer superficial treatments
for my people’s mortal wound.
They give assurances of peace
when there is no peace.

12 Are they ashamed of these disgusting actions?
Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush!
Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered.
They will be brought down when I punish them,
says the Lord.
13 I will surely consume them.
There will be no more harvests of figs and grapes.
Their fruit trees will all die.
Whatever I gave them will soon be gone.
I, the Lord, have spoken!’

[skipping a bit]

18 My grief is beyond healing;
my heart is broken.
19 Listen to the weeping of my people;
it can be heard all across the land.

“Has the Lord abandoned Jerusalem?[a]” the people ask.
“Is her King no longer there?”

“Oh, why have they provoked my anger with their carved idols
and their worthless foreign gods?” says the Lord.

20 “The harvest is finished,
and the summer is gone,” the people cry,
“yet we are not saved!”

21 I hurt with the hurt of my people.
I mourn and am overcome with grief.
22 Is there no medicine in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why is there no healing
for the wounds of my people?

just interesting.

thousands of years…. and yet, we do it again and again still.

vs 11 was really what caught me on this one. offering superficial treatments for mortal wounds, and assurances of peace where there is no peace. that summarizes so much so well.


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