Jeremiah 14

Drought and a Prayer for Mercy

1That which came as the word of the  Lord to Jeremiah in regard to the a  drought: 2Judah mourns
And b  her gates languish;
They sit on the ground c  in mourning,
And the d  cry of Jerusalem has ascended.
3Their nobles have e  sent their
Lit little ones
servants for water;
They have come to the g  cisterns and found no water.
They have returned with their vessels empty;
They have been h  put to shame and humiliated,
And they i  cover their heads.
4Because the j  ground is
Lit shattered
For there has been l  no rain on the land;
The m  farmers have been put to shame,
They have covered their heads.
5For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young,
Because there is n  no grass.
6“The o  wild donkeys stand on the bare heights;
They pant for air like jackals,
Their eyes fail
For there is p  no vegetation.
7Although our q  iniquities testify against us,
O  Lord, act r  for Your name’s sake!
Truly our s  apostasies have been many,
We have t  sinned against You.
8“O u  Hope of Israel,
Its v  Savior in w  time of distress,
Why are You like a stranger in the land
Or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?
9Why are You like a man dismayed,
Like a mighty man who x  cannot save?
Yet y  You are in our midst, O  Lord,
And we are z  called by Your name;
Do not forsake us!”

10Thus says the  Lord to this people, “Even so they have aa  loved to wander; they have not ab  kept their feet in check. Therefore the  Lord does ac  not accept them; now He will ad  remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.” 11So the  Lord said to me, ae  Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12When they fast, I am af  not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer ag  burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to ah  make an end of them by the ai  sword, famine and pestilence.”

False Prophets

13But, “Ah, Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God!” I said, “Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You ak  will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you
Lit peace of truth
lasting am  peace in this place.’”
14Then the  Lord said to me, “The an  prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. ao  I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a ap  false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own
Lit hearts
15Therefore thus says the  Lord concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them— yet they keep saying, ‘There will be no sword or famine in this land’— ar  by sword and famine those prophets shall
Lit be finished
meet their end!
16The people also to whom they are prophesying will be at  thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to au  bury them— neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters— for I will av  pour out their own wickedness on them. 17You will say this word to them,
aw  Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day,
And let them not cease;
For the virgin ax  daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow,
With a sorely ay  infected wound.
18If I az  go out to the country,
Behold, those
Lit pierced
slain with the sword!
Or if I enter the city,
Behold, diseases of famine!
For bb  both prophet and priest
Or gone around trading
gone roving about in the land that they do not know.’”

19Have You completely bd  rejected Judah?
Or have
Lit Your soul
You loathed Zion?
Why have You stricken us so that we bf  are beyond healing?
We bg  waited for peace, but nothing good came;
And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
20We bh  know our wickedness, O  Lord,
The iniquity of our fathers, for bi  we have sinned against You.
21Do not despise us bj  for Your own name’s sake;
Do not disgrace the bk  throne of Your glory;
Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us.
22Are there any among the
Lit vanities
bm  idols of the nations who bn  give rain?
Or can the heavens grant showers?
Is it not You, O  Lord our God?
Therefore we
Or wait for
bp  hope in You,
For You are the one who has done all these things.

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