1 Iustus quidem tu es, Domine, si disputem tecum; verumtamen de iudiciis loquar ad te. Quare via impiorum prosperatur? Bene est omnibus, qui praevaricantur et inique agunt.
2 Plantasti eos, et radicem miserunt, proficiunt et faciunt fructum; prope es tu ori eorum et longe a renibus eorum.
3 Et tu, Domine, nosti me, vidisti me et probasti cor meum tecum; segrega eos quasi gregem ad victimam et sanctifica eos in diem occisionis.
4 Usquequo lugebit terra, et herba omnis regionis siccabitur propter malitiam habitantium in ea? Consumptum est animal et volucre, quoniam dixerunt: "Non videbit novissima nostra".
5 "Si cum peditibus currens laborasti, quomodo contendere poteris cum equis? Cum autem in terra pacis securus fueris, quid facies in silva condensa Iordanis?
6 Nam et fratres tui et domus patris tui, etiam ipsi fraudulenter egerunt adversum te et clamaverunt post te plena voce; ne credas eis, cum locuti fuerint tibi bona".
7 "Reliqui domum meam, dimisi hereditatem meam; dedi dilectam animae meae in manu inimicorum eius.
8 Facta est mihi hereditas mea quasi leo in silva; dedit contra me vocem, ideo odivi eam.
9 Numquid avis discolor hereditas mea mihi? Numquid aves in circuitu contra eam? Venite, congregamini, omnes bestiae campi, properate ad devorandum.
10 Pastores multi demoliti sunt vineam meam, conculcaverunt partem meam; dederunt portionem meam desiderabilem in desertum solitudinis.
11 Posuerunt eam in dissipationem; lugetque coram me desolata, vastata est omnis terra, quia nullus est qui recogitet corde".
12 Super omnes colles in deserto venerunt vastatores, quia gladius Domini devorat ab extremo terrae usque ad extremum eius; non est pax universae carni.
13 Seminaverunt triticum et spinas messuerunt, laboraverunt, et non eis proderit; confundemini a fructibus vestris propter iram furoris Domini.
14 Haec dicit Dominus adversum omnes vicinos meos pessimos, qui tangunt hereditatem, quam distribui populo meo Israel: "Ecce ego evellam eos de terra sua et domum Iudae evellam de medio eorum.
15 Et erit: cum evulsero eos, convertar et miserebor eorum et reducam eos, virum ad hereditatem suam et virum in terram suam.
16 Et erit: si eruditi didicerint vias populi mei, ut iurent in nomine meo: "Vivit Dominus!", sicut docuerunt populum meum iurare in Baal, aedificabuntur in medio populi mei.
17 Quod si non audierint, evellam gentem illam evulsione et perditione", ait Dominus.
King James Version
1 Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
2 Thou 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 reins.
3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.
5 ¶ If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
6 For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.
7 ¶ I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.
8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.
9 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
12 The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.
13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
14 ¶ Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.
17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.