Jeremiah 13

The Ruined Loincloth

Thus 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.” So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the  Lord, and put it around my waist. And the word of the  Lord came to me a second time, Take 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.” So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the  Lord commanded me. And 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.” Then 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.

Then the word of the  Lord came to me: Thus says the  Lord: h Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great i pride of Jerusalem. 10 This 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. 11 For 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.

The Jars Filled with Wine

12 “You shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, “Every jar shall be filled with wine.”’ And they will say to you, ‘Do we not indeed know that n every jar will be filled with wine?’ 13 Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the  Lord: o Behold, I will fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land: p the kings who sit on David’s throne, q the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 14 And I will r dash them one against another, fathers and sons together, declares the  Lord. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them.’”

Exile Threatened

15  Hear and give ear; be not proud,
for the  Lord has spoken.
16  s Give glory to the  Lord your God
t before he brings darkness,
before your feet stumble
on the twilight mountains,
and u while you look for light
he turns it into gloom
and makes it v deep darkness.
17 But if you will not listen,
w my soul will weep in secret for your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears,
because the  Lord’s flock has been taken captive.
18  Say to x the king and y the queen mother:
“Take a lowly seat,
for z your beautiful crown
has come down from your head.”
19  aa The cities of the Negeb are shut up,
with none to open them;
all Judah is taken into exile,
wholly taken into exile.
20  “Lift up your eyes ab and see
those who come from the north.
Where is the flock that was given you,
your beautiful flock?
21 What will you say when they set as head over you
those whom you yourself have taught to be friends to you?
ac Will not pangs take hold of you
like those of a woman in labor?
22 And if you say in your heart,
ad Why have these things come upon me?’
it is for the greatness of your iniquity
that ae your skirts are lifted up
and you suffer violence.
23  af Can the Ethiopian change his skin
or ag the leopard his spots?
Then also you can do good
who are accustomed to do evil.
24 I will scatter you
Hebrew them
ai like chaff
driven by the wind from the desert.
25  aj This is your lot,
the portion I have measured out to you, declares the  Lord,
because ak you have forgotten me
and trusted in lies.
26  al I myself will lift up your skirts over your face,
and your shame will be seen.
27 I have seen am your abominations,
your adulteries and an neighings, your lewd whorings,
ao on the hills in the field.
Woe to you, O Jerusalem!
How long will it be ap before you are made clean?”
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