Jeremiah 16

Distresses Foretold

1The word of the  Lord also came to me saying, 2You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters in this place.” 3For thus says the  Lord concerning the sons and daughters born in this place, and concerning their a  mothers who bear them, and their b  fathers who beget them in this land: 4“They will c  die of deadly diseases, they d  will not be lamented or buried; they will be as e  dung on the surface of the ground and come to an end by sword and famine, and their carcasses will become food for the f  birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth.”

5For thus says the  Lord, “Do not enter a house of
Or banqueting
h  mourning, or go to lament or to console them; for I have i  withdrawn My peace from this people,” declares the  Lord, “My j  lovingkindness and compassion.
6“Both k  great men and small will die in this land; they will not be buried, they will not be lamented, nor will anyone l  gash himself or m  shave his head for them. 7“Men will not n  break bread in mourning for them, to comfort anyone for the dead, nor give them a cup of consolation to drink for anyone’s father or mother. 8“Moreover you shall o  not go into a house of feasting to sit with them to eat and drink.” 9For thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I am going to
Lit cause to cease
q  eliminate from this place, before your eyes and in your time, the voice of rejoicing and the voice of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride.

10Now when you tell this people all these words, they will say to you, ‘ r  For what reason has the  Lord declared all this great calamity against us? And what is our iniquity, or what is our sin which we have committed against the  Lord our God?’ 11Then you are to say to them, ‘It is s  because your forefathers have forsaken Me,’ declares the  Lord, ‘and have followed t  other gods and served them and bowed down to them; but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law. 12You too have done evil, even u  more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the v  stubbornness of his own w  evil heart, without listening to Me. 13‘So I will x  hurl you out of this land into the y  land which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will z  serve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor.’

God Will Restore Them

14 aa  Therefore behold, days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As the  Lord lives, who ab  brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 15but, ‘As the  Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the ac  land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.

16Behold, I am going to send for many ad  fishermen,” declares the  Lord, “and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will ae  hunt them af  from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks. 17 ag  For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face ah  nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes. 18I will first ai  doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have aj  polluted My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their ak  detestable idols and with their abominations.” 19O  Lord, my al  strength and my stronghold,
And my am  refuge in the day of distress,
To You the an  nations will come
From the ends of the earth and say,
Our fathers have inherited nothing but ao  falsehood,
Futility and
Lit there is nothing profitable in them
aq  things of no profit.”
20Can man make gods for himself?
Yet they are ar  not gods!

21Therefore behold, I am going to make them know
This time I will as  make them know
Lit hand
power and My might;
And they shall au  know that My name is the  Lord.”

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