Jeremiah 15

Judgment Must Come

1Then the  Lord said to me, “Even a  though b  Moses and c  Samuel were to d  stand before Me, My
Lit soul
heart would not be
Lit toward
with this people; g  send them away from My presence and let them go!
2And it shall be that when they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you are to tell them, ‘Thus says the  Lord: “Those destined h  for death, to death;
And those destined for the sword, to the sword;
And those destined for famine, to famine;
And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’

3“I will i  appoint over them four kinds of doom,” declares the  Lord: “the sword to slay, the j  dogs to drag off, and the k  birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. 4“I will l  make them an object of horror among all the kingdoms of the earth because of m  Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem. 5Indeed, who will have n  pity on you, O Jerusalem,
Or who will o  mourn for you,
Or who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
6“You who have p  forsaken Me,” declares the  Lord,
“You keep q  going backward.
So I will r  stretch out My hand against you and destroy you;
I am s  tired of relenting!
7“I will t  winnow them with a winnowing fork
At the gates of the land;
I will u  bereave them of children, I will destroy My people;
v  They did not
Lit turn back from
repent of their ways.
8“Their x  widows will be more numerous before Me
Than the sand of the seas;
I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man,
A y  destroyer at noonday;
I will suddenly bring down on her
Anguish and dismay.
9“She who z  bore seven sons pines away;
Or She has breathed out her soul
Her breathing is labored.
Her ab  sun has set while it was yet day;
She has been ac  shamed and humiliated.
So I will ad  give over their survivors to the sword
Before their enemies,” declares the  Lord.

10 ae  Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me
As a af  man of strife and a man of contention to all the land!
I have not ag  lent, nor have men lent money to me,
Yet everyone curses me.
11The  Lord said, “Surely I will ah  set you free for purposes of good;
Surely I will cause the ai  enemy to make supplication to you
In a time of disaster and a time of distress.

12Can anyone smash iron,
aj  Iron from the north, or bronze?
13“Your ak  wealth and your treasures
I will give for booty al  without cost,
Even for all your sins
And within all your borders.
14Then I will cause your enemies to bring
I.e. your possessions
Into a an  land you do not know;
For a ao  fire has been kindled in My anger,
It will burn upon you.”

Jeremiah’s Prayer and God’s Answer

15 ap  You who know, O  Lord,
Remember me, take notice of me,
And aq  take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away;
Know that ar  for Your sake I endure reproach.
16Your words were found and I as  ate them,
And Your at  words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been au  called by Your name,
O  Lord God of hosts.
17I av  did not sit in the circle of merrymakers,
Nor did I exult.
Because of Your hand upon me I sat aw  alone,
For You ax  filled me with indignation.
18Why has my pain been perpetual
And my ay  wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
Will You indeed be to me az  like a deceptive stream
With water that is unreliable?

19Therefore, thus says the  Lord,
ba  If you return, then I will restore you—
bb  Before Me you will stand;
And bc  if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become
Lit as My mouth
My spokesman.
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them.
20“Then I will be  make you to this people
A fortified wall of bronze;
And though they fight against you,
They will not prevail over you;
For bf  I am with you to save you
And deliver you,” declares the  Lord.
21“So I will bg  deliver you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will bh  redeem you from the
Lit palm
grasp of the violent.”

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