Jeremiah 131Thus says the Lord: Go and procure for yourself a linen sash, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water. 2So I procured the sash according to the word of the Lord, and put it around my waist. 3And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 4Take the sash that is around your waist, and get up, and go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock. 5So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me. 6And it came to pass after many days, that the Lord said to me, Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take the sash from there, which I commanded you to hide there. 7So I went to the river Euphrates, and dug, and took the sash out of the place where I had buried it. And behold, it was ruined, utterly good for nothing. 8And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thus says the Lord, 9Thus will I ruin the pride of Judah, and the pride of Jerusalem; 10even this great pride of the men that will not listen to My words, and have gone after strange gods, to serve them, and to worship them. And they shall be as this sash, which is profitable for nothing. 11For as a sash clings about the waist of a man, so have I caused the house of Israel, and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me; that they might be to Me a famous people, and a praise, and a glory. But they did not hearken to Me. 12And you shall say to this people, Every bottle shall be filled with wine. And it shall come to pass, if they shall say to you, Shall we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine? That you shall say to them, 13Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will fill the inhabitants of this land, and their kings, the sons of David that sit upon their throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and Judah and all the dwellers in Jerusalem, with strong drink. 14And I will scatter them, a man and his brother, and their fathers and their sons together. I will not have compassion, says the Lord, and I will not spare, neither will I pity to save them from destruction. 15Hear, and give ear, and be not proud; for the Lord has spoken. 16Give glory to the Lord your God, before He causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and you shall wait for light, and behold the shadow of death, and they shall be brought into darkness. 17But if you will not hear it, your soul shall weep in secret because of pride, and your eyes shall pour down tears, because the Lord's flock is sorely bruised. 18Say to the king and the princes, Humble yourselves, and sit down; for your crown of glory is removed from your head. 19The cities toward the south were shut, and there was none to open them. Judah is removed into captivity; they have suffered a complete removal. 20Lift up your eyes, O Jerusalem, and behold them that come from the north; where is the flock that was given you, the sheep of your glory? 21What will you say when they shall visit you, for you have taught them lessons to rule over you; shall not pangs seize you as a woman in travail? 22And if you should say in your heart, Why have these things happened to me? Because of the abundance of your iniquity have your skirts been discovered, that your heels might be exposed. 23If the Ethiopian shall change his skin, or the leopardess her spots, then shall you be able to do good, having learned to do evil. 24So I scattered them as sticks carried by the wind into the wilderness. 25Thus is your lot, and the reward of your disobedience to Me, says the Lord. As you have forgotten Me, and trusted in lies, 26I also will expose your skirts upon your face, and your shame shall be seen; 27your adultery also, and your neighing, and the looseness of your fornication. On the hills and in the fields I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, O Jerusalem, for you have not been purified so as to follow Me; how long yet shall it be?
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