Jeremiah 13:1-11

The Ruined Loincloth

1Thus says the  Lord to me, “Go and buy a linen loincloth and a  put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water.” 2So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the  Lord, and put it around my waist. 3And the word of the  Lord came to me a second time, 4Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise b  go to the Euphrates and hide it there in c  a cleft of the rock.” 5So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the  Lord commanded me. 6And after many days the  Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there d  the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.” 7Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took e  the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was f  spoiled; it was g  good for nothing.

8Then the word of the  Lord came to me: 9Thus says the  Lord: h  Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great i  pride of Jerusalem. 10This evil people, who refuse to hear my words j  who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is k  good for nothing. 11For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the  Lord l  that they might be for me a people m  a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.

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