Drought and a Prayer for Mercy1 That which came as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah in regard to the a drought: 2 “Judah mourns
And b her gates languish;
They sit on the ground c in mourning,
And the d cry of Jerusalem has ascended.
3 “Their nobles have e sent their ▼
▼ Lit little onesservants 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.
4 “Because the j ground is ▼
▼ Lit shatteredcracked,
For there has been l no rain on the land;
The m farmers have been put to shame,
They have covered their heads.
5 “For 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.
7 “Although 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?
9 “Why 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!”
10 Thus 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.” 11 So the Lord said to me, ae “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12 “When 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 Prophets13 But, “Ah, Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod!” 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 truthlasting am peace in this place.’” 14 Then 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 heartsminds. 15 “Therefore 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 finishedmeet their end! 16 “The 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. 17 “You 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.
18 ‘If I az go out to the country,
Behold, those ▼
▼ Lit piercedslain with the sword!
Or if I enter the city,
Behold, diseases of famine!
For bb both prophet and priest
▼ Or gone around tradinggone roving about in the land that they do not know.’”
19 Have You completely bd rejected Judah?
Or have ▼
▼ Lit Your soulYou 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!
20 We bh know our wickedness, O Lord,
The iniquity of our fathers, for bi we have sinned against You.
21 Do 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.
22 Are 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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