In this chapter, Jeremiah seems to be arguing with God. With the disclaimer that God is infinitely wise and always right, nevertheless, Jeremiah points out that He is the one who created the evil that exists in the world, and asks how long it will take for God to root it out. God acknowledges that the evil of the people is His reality and responsibility, but that doesn’t make things any better on either end. “My inheritance was to Me like a lion in the forest; she raised her voice against Me; therefore, I hated her (Jeremiah 12:8).” No matter that God is responsible for the evil of the people, it doesn’t make it any better – either for Him or for them. Even when one creates the beast, it’s hurtful when it lashes out at you.