Jeremiah 15

The Lord’s Negative Response

1Then the Lord said to me: “Even if a Moses and b Samuel should c stand before Me, d My compassions would not reach out to these people. Send them from My presence, and let them go. 2 If they ask you, ‘Where will we go?’ you must tell them: This is what the Lord says:

Those destined for death, e to death;
those destined for the sword, to the sword.
Those destined for famine, to famine;
those destined for captivity, to captivity.

3“I will ordain four kinds
Lit families
of judgment for them” – this is the Lord’s declaration – “the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, g and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land h to devour and destroy.
4I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manasseh i son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.

5 Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? j
Who will show sympathy toward you? k
Who will turn aside
to ask about your welfare?
6 You have left Me.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

You have turned your back,
so I have stretched out My hand against you
and destroyed you.
I am tired of showing compassion.
7 I scattered them with a winnowing fork
at the gates of the land.
I made them childless; I destroyed My people.
They would not turn from their ways. l
8 I made their widows more numerous
than the sand of the seas. m
I brought a destroyer at noon
against the mother of young men.
I suddenly released on her
agitation and terrors.
9 The mother of seven grew faint; n
she breathed her last breath.
Her sun set while it was still day;
she was ashamed and humiliated.
The rest of them I will give over to the sword
in the presence of their enemies.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Jeremiah’s Complaint

10 Woe is me, my mother,
that you gave birth to me, o
a man who incites dispute and conflict
in all the land.
I did not lend or borrow,
yet everyone curses me. p

The Lord’s Response

11 The Lord said:

I will certainly set you free and care for you.
Lit free for good

I will certainly intercede for you
in a time of trouble,
in your time of distress, with the enemy.
12 Can anyone smash iron,
iron from the north, or bronze?
13 I will give up your wealth
and your treasures as plunder,
without cost, r for all your sins
in all your borders.
14 Then I will make you serve your enemies
Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg; other Hb mss read you pass through

in a land you do not know,
for My anger will kindle a fire
that will burn against you. t

Jeremiah’s Prayer for Vengeance

15 You know, u Lord;
remember me and take note of me.
Avenge me against my persecutors. v
In Your patience,
Lit In the slowness of Your anger
don’t take me away.
Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor. x
16 Your words were found, and I ate them. y
Your words became a delight to me
and the joy of my heart,
for I am called by Your name, z
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh God of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
17 I never sat with the band of revelers,
and I did not celebrate with them.
Because Your hand was on me, I sat alone, ac
for You filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain become unending,
my wound incurable, ad
refusing to be healed?
You truly have become like a mirage to me –
water that is not reliable.

Jeremiah Told to Repent

19 Therefore, this is what the Lord says:

If you return, I will restore you;
you will stand in My presence.
And if you speak noble words,
rather than worthless ones,
you will be My spokesman. ae
It is they who must return to you;
you must not return to them.
20 Then I will make you a fortified wall of bronze
to this people.
They will fight against you
but will not overcome you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you. af
This is the Lord’s declaration.

21 I will deliver you from the power of evil people
and redeem you from the control of the ruthless.
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