Jeremiah 13

The Ruined Waistband

1Thus the  Lord said to me, “Go and a  buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.” 2So I bought the waistband in accordance with the b  word of the  Lord and put it around my waist. 3Then the word of the  Lord came to me a second time, saying, 4Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to
Or Parah, cf Jos.18.23; so through v 7
the d  Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock.”
5So I went and hid it by the Euphrates e  as the  Lord had commanded me. 6After many days the  Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there.” 7Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.

8Then the word of the  Lord came to me, saying, 9Thus says the  Lord, ‘Just so will I destroy the f  pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10This wicked people, who g  refuse to listen to My words, who h  walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless. 11For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah i  cling to Me,’ declares the  Lord, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for
Lit a name
k  renown, for l  praise and for glory; but they m  did not listen.’

Captivity Threatened

12Therefore you are to speak this word to them, ‘Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, “Every jug is to be filled with wine.”’ And when they say to you, ‘Do we not very well know that every jug is to be filled with wine?’ 13then say to them, ‘Thus says the  Lord, “Behold I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this landthe kings that sit for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem— with n  drunkenness! 14“I will o  dash them against each other, both the p  fathers and the sons together,” declares the  Lord. “I will q  not show pity nor be sorry nor have compassion so as not to destroy them.”’” 15Listen and give heed, do not be r  haughty,
For the  Lord has spoken.
16 s  Give glory to the  Lord your God,
Before He brings t  darkness
And before your u  feet stumble
On the dusky mountains,
And while you are hoping for light
He makes it into v  deep darkness,
And turns it into gloom.
17But w  if you will not listen to it,
My soul will x  sob in secret for such pride;
And my eyes will bitterly weep
And flow down with tears,
Because the y  flock of the  Lord has been taken captive.
18Say to the z  king and the queen mother,
aa  Take a lowly seat,
For your beautiful ab  crown
Has come down from your head.”
19The ac  cities of the Negev have been locked up,
And there is no one to open them;
All ad  Judah has been carried into exile,
Wholly carried into exile.

20Lift up your eyes and see
Those coming ae  from the north.
Where is the af  flock that was given you,
Your beautiful sheep?
21What will you say when He appoints over you—
And you yourself had taught them—
Or chieftains
ah  companions to be head over you?
Will not ai  pangs take hold of you
Like a woman in childbirth?
22If you aj  say in your heart,
ak  Why have these things happened to me?’
Because of the al  magnitude of your iniquity
am  Your skirts have been removed
And your heels have
Or suffered violence
been exposed.
23 ao  Can the Ethiopian change his skin
Or the leopard his spots?
Then you also can ap  do good
Who are accustomed to doing evil.
24“Therefore I will aq  scatter them like drifting straw
To the desert ar  wind.
25This is your as  lot, the portion measured to you
From Me,” declares the  Lord,
Because you have at  forgotten Me
And trusted in falsehood.
26So I Myself have also au  stripped your skirts off over your face,
That your shame may be seen.
27“As for your av  adulteries and your lustful neighings,
The aw  lewdness of your prostitution
On the ax  hills in the field,
I have seen your abominations.
Woe to you, O Jerusalem!
ay  How long will you remain unclean?”

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