"How can you say, 'We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us'? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie’” (v8). God had given His people “the law of the Lord,” yet being in possession of it wasn’t enough. They had the Promised Land, the Temple, and its rituals of worship, but they still ran after idols and indulged in greediness and sexual immorality. Their status as God’s people could not protect them from the consequences of persistent sin (v19).
“We looked for peace, but no good came” (v15). True peace is only possible when we repent of our sins, receive forgiveness, and begin walking with the Lord.