Judgment Must Come1 Then the Lord said to me, “Even a though b Moses and c Samuel were to d stand before Me, My ▼
▼ Lit soulheart would not be ▼
▼ Lit towardwith this people; g send them away from My presence and let them go! 2 “And 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. 5 “Indeed, 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 fromrepent 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 soulHer 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.
11 The 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.
12 “Can 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.
14 “Then I will cause your enemies to bring ▼
▼ I.e. your possessionsit
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 Answer15 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.
16 Your 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.
17 I 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.
18 Why 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?
19 Therefore, 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 mouthMy 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 palmgrasp of the violent.”
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